What does the word preparatory mean?

Usage examples for preparatory

  1. All this is but preparatory. – Brother Copas by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  2. That summer I took a rest, preparatory to my first season,- how thrillingly professional that sounded, to be sure! – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  3. " We're both in the Preparatory, you know," Cornelia explained. – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells