ˈō-pə- How to pronounce opener (audio)
: one that opens
a bottle opener
: such as
openers plural : cards of sufficient value for a player to open the betting in a poker game
: the first item, contest, or event of a series
for openers
: to begin with

Example Sentences

The album's opener is a slow love song.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opener was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Opener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


open·​er ˈōp-(ə-)nər How to pronounce opener (audio)
: something used for opening
a bottle opener
a conversation opener

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