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overture

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noun over·ture \ˈō-və(r)-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of overture

  1. 1 a :  an initiative toward agreement or action :  proposal b :  something introductory :  prelude

  2. 2 a :  the orchestral introduction to a musical dramatic work b :  an orchestral concert piece written especially as a single movement in sonata form

Examples of overture in a sentence

  1. The government has made a significant peace overture by opening the door to negotiation.

  2. <the parade down Main Street served as the overture for a weekend of fun and festivities>

Origin and Etymology of overture

Middle English, literally, opening, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *opertura, alteration of Latin apertura — more at aperture


First Known Use: 15th century


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overture

verb over·ture

Definition of overture

overtured

overturing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put forward as an overture

  3. 2 :  to make or present an overture to

Circa 1650

First Known Use of overture

circa 1650


OVERTURE Defined for English Language Learners

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overture

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noun over·ture \ˈō-və(r)-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of overture for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of music played at the start of an opera, a musical play, etc.

  • : something that is offered or suggested with the hope that it will start a relationship, lead to an agreement, etc.

  • : the first part of an event : the beginning of something


OVERTURE Defined for Kids

overture

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noun over·ture \ˈō-vər-ˌchu̇r\

Definition of overture for Students

  1. 1 :  something first offered or suggested with the hope of reaching an agreement <Old enemies made overtures of peace.>

  2. 2 :  a piece of music played at the beginning of an opera or musical play



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