curtain-raiser

noun
cur·​tain-rais·​er | \ ˈkər-tᵊn-ˌrā-zər How to pronounce curtain-raiser (audio) \

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of curtain-raiser was in 1886

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“Curtain-raiser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curtain-raiser. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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curtain-raiser

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English Language Learners Definition of curtain-raiser

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

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