curtain-raiser

noun cur·tain-rais·er \ ˈkər-tᵊn-ˌrā-zər \

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

curtain-raiser Synonyms

Synonyms
curtain-raiser, overture, preamble, preliminary, prologue (also prolog), warm-up
Related Words
countdown, run-up [chiefly British]; lead-in; kickoff, start

CURTAIN-RAISER Defined for English Language Learners

curtain-raiser

noun

Definition of curtain-raiser for English Language Learners

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



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