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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This comes after last week's reveal that the choir will be the halftime act for Sunday's Detroit Lions home opener at Ford Field. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "How did Detroit Youth Choir fare on Tuesday's semifinals episode of 'America's Got Talent'?," 11 Sep. 2019 Chamberlain MyQ smart garage door opener for $32.99 at Amazon (normally $42.99). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Get a 72W, four-port, USB-C PD wall charger for $26," 10 Sep. 2019 The versatile midfielder was named Golden Player at this summer's European Under-21 Championships and scored the opener in the final as Spain beat Germany 2-1 for the title in Italy., "Barcelona Plot Move for Napoli's Fabian Ruiz Next Summer," 10 Sep. 2019 Zeuch will play in his second major league game and is expected to start after entering behind an opener in his MLB debut. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays odds, picks and betting tips," 10 Sep. 2019 Practice schedule When on-ice workouts begin in earnest on Friday, Cassidy will oversee two teams, each with five lines, for the three days leading up to the exhibition season opener Monday night in New Jersey . ., "Patrice Bergeron," 10 Sep. 2019 In fact, the Dolphins were much worse than the Buffalo Bills team that the Ravens trounced, 47-3, in the season opener last season. Mike Preston,, "Preston: For a young team, Ravens showed good chemistry — and humility — in opener," 10 Sep. 2019 For the first time since exiting Friday night's game with a left hamstring injury, Yuli Gurriel ran and fielded ground balls prior to Monday's series opener against the A's. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros injury report: Updates for Yuli Gurriel, Carlos Correa," 9 Sep. 2019 Quickly putting the opener behind him will be part of his growth process. ... Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray's NFL debut doesn't impress everyone," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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