WEFOUNDA Preliminary Report on the St. Francis Valley Drainage Project in Northeastern Arkansas (Classic Reprint)

1660s, from French préliminaire and directly from Medieval Latin praeliminaris , from Latin prae- "before" (see pre- ) + limen (genitive liminis ) "threshold" (see limit (n.)). A word that arose in reference to negotiations to end the Thirty Years' War. Earliest attested form in English is preliminaries (n.), 1650s.