If concurrent means two things running at the same time, is there a single word for something which will occur before and after an event?

E.g. Running concurrently with the show will be a bar open for refreshments. / The bar will be open [before and after] the show for refreshments.

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    In certain informal contexts one might say "bookend". – Hot Licks Nov 2 '16 at 22:40

Pre and Post seem to be the most used prefix/suffix.

"Pre-launch and Post-launch parties."


Addressing the question in the title, the prefix peri- (“word-forming element meaning "around, about, enclosing”) often is used as a modifier referring to times or things near some event or thing (as in, eg, perinatal (“Of or pertaining to the time around birth”), pericardium, etc).

However, peri- doesn't fit into the main question's context in an obvious way. (Suggestions in other answers, such as Preetie's pre-launch and post-launch and Mario's circum-, seem better suited for the main question than is peri-.) For the example sentence, the current wording with before and after seems likely to be the most concise and suitable arrangement.

Again addressing the question in the title, the terms setup and teardown often are used to denote preparation before an event, and removal of equipment, etc, after it. Terms runup (“A period of time just before an important event”) and buildup also are used.


How about "Pre" and "Post"? For instance, if it is a party it would be "pre-party" and "post-party"

  • 'Pre- and post-party' would work – Mario Elocio Nov 18 '13 at 19:23
  • What's wrong with 'before and after'? – WS2 Nov 18 '13 at 21:18
  • Kathy I would appreciate it you read the answers and not repeat them in a hurry to answer. – Gurpreet K Sekhon Nov 19 '13 at 3:41

Before and after is concise, and unambiguous, probably the best way you can describe something that runs before and after another event.

Circum- is sometimes used to describe this notion before and after eg in morphology you have the circumfix, an affix that occurs on both sides of the base, or before and after the base if you will.

And there is a word circumcurrent which might fit your needs, but I have only seen it used in descriptions of melodic movement, as when a movement is ascending and then descending.


The show will be flanked by an open bar.

  • That would imply that there's an open bar off to the side. – Hot Licks Nov 2 '16 at 22:41

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