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Sample Sentences Using
overture -- as in: played the William Tell Overture
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as in: played the William Tell Overture Define
orchestral music played as an introduction to a longer piece -- especially an opera or oratorio
  • The overture was already being played when they arrived.
  • The stage was dark for a moment, and silent; then suddenly, with a burst of golden light and an orchestral overture from the CD player behind the curtain, Angel stepped onto the stage.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • The curtain had not yet risen and the overture was being played.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
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as in: played the William Tell Overture Define
orchestral music played as an introduction to a longer piece -- especially an opera or oratorio
as in: he made an overture Define
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
as in: the play's overture Define
any beginning or introduction -- such as a written introduction for a play, poem, or other literary work
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