Definition of the preterite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the preterite

 noun
(North American English also preterit)noun
BrE BrE//ˈpretərət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpretərət//
 
[singular](grammar)
 
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a form of a verb that expresses the past Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘bygone, former’): from Latin praeteritus ‘gone by’, past participle of praeterire, from praeter ‘past, beyond’ + ire ‘go’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the preterite