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.

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UP NEXT Kings: Host Atlanta on Wednesday in the opener of a six-game homestand. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Clippers cruise past Kings 122-108 for 3rd straight win," 27 Jan. 2019 This year looks to be further proof of that as multiple members of the 1988 AFC Championship team told BX the club is bringing them back to celebrate 30 years for the Bengals’ home opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Sept. 13. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "BX: Cincinnati Bengals looking to bring back 1988 Super Bowl team," 13 July 2018 The series starts today with the Sept. 1 season opener against Central Michigan. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can (and can't) beat Central Michigan," 2 July 2018 What makes this different is the man in the middle: 21-year-old rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who became the youngest NFL player in the modern era to start a season opener. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Jets May Be Good. This Is Bad.," 13 Sep. 2018 Jose Bautista was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts after hitting a game-ending grand slam in the series opener Friday night. Scott Orgera,, "Blake Snell dazzles as Rays blank Mets 3-0," 7 July 2018 Important dates Tonight: Nick Pivetta faces Trevor Williams in series opener at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Bob Brookover,, "For Phillies, PNC Park has been a torture chamber | Extra Innings," 6 July 2018 His two-run double provided the winning margin in Friday’s series opener. Tim Tierney, Daily Southtown, "Hill topper: Slammers first baseman Trenton Hill surges into Frontier League batting lead," 2 July 2018 At the plate, Mancini reached base in all four plate appearances in the series opener against the Angels, finishing with two singles, a double and a walk. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles' Trey Mancini finding his swing, but frustrated by costly fly-ball flub," 29 June 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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