cur·​tain-rais·​er ˈkər-tᵊn-ˌrā-zər How to pronounce curtain-raiser (audio)
: a short play usually of one scene that is presented before the main full-length drama
: a usually short preliminary to a main event

Examples of curtain-raiser in a Sentence

the opening of the performing arts center proved to be a curtain-raiser for the rebirth of the city's downtown
Recent Examples on the Web By Koh Ewe May 9, 2024 6:45 AM EDT Malaysia’s domestic soccer league was meant to kick off on Friday with a match between its top two teams that serves both as the Malaysia Charity Shield and the league curtain-raiser. Koh Ewe, TIME, 9 May 2024 Catt sings in a jingly Tin Pan Alley curtain-raiser, eager to make men comfortable with the idea of extending the franchise. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 2 May 2024 The curtain-raiser traditionally took place at the home of the Serie A champion and was a nice day out for the fans. Daniella Matar, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 The film is also one of two curtain-raisers for the Hong Kong International Film Festival, opening on March 30. Vivienne Chow, Variety, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of curtain-raiser was in 1886

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“Curtain-raiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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