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 Notre Dame’s original schedule had the Irish this weekend playing Stanford, a program that doesn’t play its season opener until Nov. 7. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football returns to 'normalcy' after COVID-19 outbreak," 9 Oct. 2020 Hoover hasn’t lost a match since dropping its season-opener. Dennis Victory, al, "Only 1 change to No. 1 teams in final volleyball rankings of the season," 8 Oct. 2020 The Crimson Tide held its home football opener on Saturday, with lots of mask-wearing and none of the partying that made Tuscaloosa famous. Washington Post, "One Alabama university stayed safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Another, 60 miles away, struggled.," 8 Oct. 2020 The Colts allowed a max of 2,500 fans for their home opener against the Vikings. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "How all 32 NFL teams are managing fan attendance during the pandemic," 8 Oct. 2020 The Gators are off to a solid start, picking up two wins after dropping their season opener against King’s Academy. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Week 5 high school football predictions in Broward and Palm Beach counties," 7 Oct. 2020 Coronado, which plays in the 3A Conference, lost its season opener last week 43-0 to El Mirage Dysart. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Coronado cancels next two football games, to evaluate if it can finish season," 7 Oct. 2020 Their playoff opener is against Walnut Hills at 7 p.m. Friday night. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati high school football: X-plosive offense takes St. Xavier into OHSAA playoffs," 6 Oct. 2020 The freshman libero recorded a team-high 20 digs and three aces on Sept. 25 as the Irish beat host Louisville 27-25, 25-22, 26-24 in their 2020 season opener. Matt Le Cren,, "A superb start: Benet graduate Hattie Monson begins career at Notre Dame by earning ACC Freshman of the Week honors," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of opener

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Oct 2020

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“Opener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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