ˈō-pə- How to pronounce opener (audio)
: one that opens
a bottle opener
: such as
openers plural : cards of sufficient value for a player to open the betting in a poker game
: 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 The late mistake fueled the Guardians’ 8-5 victory in the series opener. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 8 June 2024 Dylan Edwards, Kansas State running back Breakdown: TCU fans will remember the former Colorado running back well as Edwards put on a show in the Buffaloes’ shocking win over the Horned Frogs in last year’s season opener. Steven Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 June 2024 Traditionally, the 49ers have rewarded a homegrown player with a top-of-the-market contract extension around training camp in late July, or, in Nick Bosa’s case last year, just before the season opener. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 5 June 2024 In the third inning of the series opener, USD’s Angelo Peraza went from first to third on a single by teammate Dustin Allen. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for opener 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Opener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


open·​er ˈōp-(ə-)nər How to pronounce opener (audio)
: something used for opening
a bottle opener
a conversation opener

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