open·​er | \ˈōp-nər, ˈō-pə-\

Definition of opener 

: one that opens a bottle opener : such as

a openers plural : cards of sufficient value for a player to open the betting in a poker game

b : the first item, contest, or event of a series

for openers

: to begin with

Examples of opener in a Sentence

The album's opener is a slow love song.

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The Eagles’ regular-season opener is just 57 days away. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Eagles announce training camp schedule, open practice dates," 11 July 2018 This year’s Michigan-Notre Dame opener is the type of game that could completely fool us. Andy Staples,, "How Important Is the Michigan-Notre Dame Opener for Both Teams' Season Outlooks?," 5 July 2018 The electronic opener had been disabled, and attempts to remove the hinges were unsuccessful due to safety concerns for the people inside, according to CBP. Kristina Davis,, "Girl, 10, and mom rescued from compartment during border smuggling attempt," 3 July 2018 The season opener is against improving Texas and the schedule concludes with three games against teams that outscored Maryland 145-24 last season. Matt Murschel,, "Maryland moves on from injury-filled season, Terps are No. 65 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 23 June 2018 The Panthers' home opener is Oct. 11 against Columbus. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Here's what you need to know about the Florida Panthers' 2018-19 schedule," 21 June 2018 The home opener is a Saturday and will be the first game in which the Coyotes wear their new, official third jerseys that are set to be revealed at the team's draft watch party on Friday. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes announce 2018-19 home opener, preseason schedule," 20 June 2018 Featuring hot rods, classics, exotics and bikes, the season opener was a great neighborhood-style show, giving numerous awards for the winners among the stellar selection of rides participating. Heidi Van Horne, Houston Chronicle, "1969 Chevy Camaro is a show-stopper in Marina del Rey," 2 June 2018 Maryland’s road opener against the Falcons will be Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., and can be seen on ESPN+., "Maryland football announces times for six 2018 games," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of opener

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of opener

: a tool, device, or machine that is used to open something

: the first game, performance, etc., in a series

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