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overture

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1  —as in:
played the William Tell Overture
Definition orchestral music played as an introduction to a longer piece — especially an opera or oratorio
  • The overture was already being played when they arrived.
overture = orchestral music played as an introduction to a longer piece — especially an opera or oratorio
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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
  • overture = orchestral music played as an introduction to a longer piece
  • The curtain had not yet risen and the overture was being played.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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2  —as in:
she made an overture
Definition a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
  • She rejected his overture to be more than friends.
overture = a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • overtures of peace
  • Washington's overtures to Damascus
  • But now, when he has made his overtures so properly, and honourably—what are your scruples now?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • overtures = offers or suggestions
  • My friendly overture had fallen flat.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • overture = attempt to start a friendly conversation
  • I hear there is an overture of peace.
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well that End's Well
  • ...the first overture of a marriage between the families...
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey

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3  —as in:
the play's overture
Definition any beginning or introduction — such as a written introduction for a play, poem, or other literary work
  • The idea is introduced in the play's overture.
overture = any beginning or introduction — such as a written introduction for a play, poem, or other literary work
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Drinks were the overture to dinner.
  • an overture to war

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