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Dictionary Definition

prelude

Noun

1 something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner" [syn: preliminary, overture]
2 music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera

Verb

1 serve as a prelude or opening to
2 play as a prelude

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. an introductory or preliminary performance or event; a preface
  2. a short piece of music that acts as an introduction to a longer piece

Translations

short piece of music

Verb

  1. to introduce something, as a prelude

Extensive Definition

A Prelude ("before play") is something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows after it. It may also refer to:

Music

prelude in German: Vorspiel
prelude in Japanese: プレリュード
prelude in Low German: Vörspeel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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