Prelude - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpreljuːd|  American pronunciation of the word prelude
Brit.  |ˈprɛljuːd|  British pronunciation of the word prelude


- something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows (syn: overture, preliminary)
- music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera


- serve as a prelude or opening to
- play as a prelude

Examples eruption of sectarian violence that proved to be the prelude to all-out civil war...

...the musical had a brief prelude to get the audience in the proper mood...

Chopin's preludes

She played a Bach prelude.

Living together as a prelude to marriage is now considered acceptable in many countries.

Word forms

singular: prelude
plural: preludes
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