Of, relating to, or being the verb tense that describes a past action or state.
The verb form expressing or describing a past action or condition.
A verb in the preterite form.
Belonging wholly to the past; passed by.
Origin of preterite
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Recorded since 1340, from Old French preterit (13th century), from Latin praeteritum (as in tempus praeteritum "time past"), the past participle of praeterire "to go by, go past", itself from praeter "beyond, before, above, more than" (comparative of prae "before") + itum (the past participle of ire "to go").