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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Richards underwent surgery on his right leg last week and is questionable for the opener against Oregon. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn practice observations: Starting linebacker returns, backup receiver out, quarterback notes," 12 Aug. 2019 University City is also part of the City Conference, and the Centurions will be the opponent for Ramona’s home opener Aug. 22. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Tennis youth camp benefits Bulldog program," 25 July 2019 If all goes well, the point guard could be back on the court for the exhibition opener against the Orlando Magic at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the AT&T Center. Tom Orsborn,, "Murray’s return, star rookies headline Spurs’ preseason slate," 22 July 2019 Jones went back to Napa for a second season, going through that team’s spring training and preparing for the opener. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "'I just have to keep building': Raymond Jones recovers from 'freak' injury, returns to form with RailCats," 15 June 2019 That’s why most people have never heard of one of the greatest upsets in recent college football memory: Butler University over Youngstown State University in the opener of the 2018 season. Ethan Thomas,, "The Greatest Upsets in College Football History," 12 Aug. 2019 The Orioles’ Trey Mancini homered in each game, and Anthony Santander went deep in the opener. Ronald Blum,, "Homer-happy Yankees blast Orioles twice more," 12 Aug. 2019 Thursday’s result: Miss Megan stumbled at the start but moved into a good trip inside, cut the corner into the lane to open a daylight lead in mid-stretch, then tired in the final 70 yards and wound up third in the opener. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Santa Anita downhill course to stay closed," 9 Aug. 2019 The Reds strung together a four-run seventh to come from behind for a 6-3 win in the opener. Mark Schmetzer,, "Top Cincinnati Reds Games: No. 21 – Sept 22, 1996 – Barry Larkin joins the 30-30 Club," 8 Aug. 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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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