# Prefix Search
In MeiliSearch, the search is possible even with a single letter sent.
A prefix search is when the documents sorting starts by comparing your search query with the start of each word in your dataset.
Since there are so many possible relevant documents with only one letter, the longer the search query is the fastest it will respond.
Given a set of words in a dataset:
If the search query is
s only the documents containing the following words are returned:
Even if, as you can observe, there is an
musical. The prefix search begins searching at the start of the word. Notice that a prefix search is only done for the last word of a query, other words must be of the same length but can contain typos.
If the query is
sho, only the documents containing
show will be returned. MeiliSearch also handles typos while performing the prefix search. You can read more about the typo rules on the dedicated page.