curtain-raiser

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cur·tain–rais·er

noun \ˈkər-tən-ˌrā-zər\

: a short performance or event that comes before the main performance or event

Full Definition of CURTAIN-RAISER

1
:  a short play usually of one scene that is presented before the main full-length drama
2
:  a usually short preliminary to a main event

First Known Use of CURTAIN-RAISER

1886

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