open·​er | \ ˈōp-nər How to pronounce opener (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Ducks safety Verone McKinley III knows what the feeling is like from being in coverage on the game-deciding touchdown against Auburn in the 2019 season opener, his first career start. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 Fionn Hamilton scored the opener in the first half, and Matt Bilodeau scored the winner with under 10 minutes remaining in the game for the Rams (7-3-1) in Patriot League play., 13 Oct. 2021 Only one team from Texas has defeated the Broncos — Clark in the 28-6A opener on Aug. 24. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Oct. 2021 The chants boomed inside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse early in the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason home opener. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 On Monday night, Collin McHugh, the opener, worked two innings, allowing just one hit. Ken Powtak, ajc, 12 Oct. 2021 A week before the regular season opener Oct. 19 in Los Angeles, Curry and Green like their current conditioning levels. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Oct. 2021 Killian Hayes made his preseason debut after missing the exhibition opener with a left ankle sprain, but Detroit struggled to move the ball and had a poor outside shooting night. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 12 Oct. 2021 The Braves won 3-0 in Game 2 behind a stellar pitching performance from Max Fried, who tossed six scoreless innings with no walks and nine strikeouts to even the series a day after the Brewers took the opener. USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of opener

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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15 Oct 2021

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“Opener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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