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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Before last season, Keihn was the subject of a profile on ESPN’s GameDay segment before the season opener at Texas. Don Markus,, "Linebacker Melvin Keihn will leave Maryland as a graduate transfer," 9 July 2018 With a 3-2 record, Poway placed 13th in the 42-team field after losing a tough opener to Norco 1-0 and following that up with wins over Rancho Penasquitos 15-2, Santee 4-3 and Rancho Ace 4-2. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Poway softball team heads to Western Nationals," 12 July 2018 The theft, which the resident discovered shortly before 4:30 a.m., also included the keys to his wife’s vehicle, a garage door opener, and keys to his business, all of which had been left in the car, police said. Kathy Routliffe,, "Police blotter: Wilmette, Kenilworth police investigate fraudulent checks cashed on church account," 6 July 2018 The Sixers will face the Boston Celtics in a 7:30 p.m. NBA Summer League opener at the Thomas & Mack Center. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Zhaire Smith exceeding early expectations with jump shot, offensive skillset ahead of summer league," 5 July 2018 Charlotte Panthers coach Ron Rivera has more on his plate than a new team owner and and a season opener in 68 days. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Panthers coach Ron Rivera created a fancy sushi roll. Here's what's in it.," 3 July 2018 After what should be a grueling opener against Alabama, Louisville will have to establish its offensive rhythm for the rest of the season. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Indiana State," 3 July 2018 Though Mexico beat Germany 1-0 in a stunning group-stage opener in Moscow, CONCACAF had a bigger win in the Russian capital. Graham Dunbar, The Seattle Times, "CONCACAF boss targets 2026 World Cup for better results," 3 July 2018 Clarisa Robles and Kaelyn Freed each finished with three hits to power Burbank to an 11-0 win against Culver City/West Los Angeles in a tournament opener. Charles Rich,, "Burbank Junior softball picks up where it left off," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of opener

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Phrases Related to opener

bottle opener

can opener

letter opener

tin opener

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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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