Overture - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈoʊvərtʃər|  American pronunciation of the word overture
Brit.  |ˈəʊvətj(ʊ)ə|  British pronunciation of the word overture

noun

- orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
- something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows(syn: preliminary, prelude)

drinks were the overture to dinner

- a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others (syn: advance, approach, feeler)

Examples

The government has made a significant peace overture by opening the door to negotiation.

...the parade down Main Street served as the overture for a weekend of fun and festivities...

The talks were no more than the overture to a long debate.

drinks were the overture to dinner

The concert opens with Beethoven's Egmont Overture.

Word forms

noun
singular: overture
plural: overtures
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