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

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Synonyms

overture, preamble, preliminary, prelude, prologue (also prolog), warm-up

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curtain-raiser

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

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