Definition of prelude
1 : an introductory performance, action, or event preceding and preparing for the principal or a more important matter
2a : a musical section or movement introducing the theme or chief subject (as of a fugue or suite) or serving as an introduction to an opera or oratoriob : an opening voluntaryc : a separate concert piece usually for piano or orchestra and based entirely on a short motif
Examples of prelude in a Sentence
an eruption of sectarian violence that proved to be the prelude to all-out civil war
the musical had a brief prelude to get the audience in the proper mood
Recent Examples of prelude from the Web
Shocked but stalwart, Sams pulled out his NDA as a prelude to getting down to business.
The daylong event was a prelude to a more extensive program being planned for 2018.
Business, hoping to avoid getting slammed by Brexit’s full impact in 2019, is making a fresh push for a lengthy transition (enraging the Tory hard-liners, who see it as a prelude to betraying the referendum mandate).
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As a prelude to this week’s 2017 Sportstyle Trade Show and Expo at the Broward Convention Center, the RIA hosted its first South Florida summit at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.
This art felt like a prelude to the sea caves, the all-natural sculptures that are the Apostle Islands’ biggest draw.
In a prelude to Thursday's theatrics, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify Wednesday.
His immediate heartbreak proved to be the prelude to one of the most touching — and ultimately uplifting — stories in World Series history.
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Definition of prelude
1 : to serve as a prelude to
2 : to play as a prelude
: to give or serve as a prelude; especially : to play a musical introduction
First Known Use of prelude
PRELUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prelude for English Language Learners
: something that comes before and leads to something else
: a short piece of music that introduces a longer piece
PRELUDE Defined for Kids
Definition of prelude for Students
1 : something that comes before and prepares for the main or more important parts
2 : a short piece of music played at the beginning of something (as an opera or church service)
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