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prelude

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noun pre·lude \ˈprel-ˌyüd, ˈprāl-; ˈpre-ˌlüd, ˈprā-; sense 1 also ˈprē-ˌlüd\

Definition of prelude

  1. 1 :  an introductory performance, action, or event preceding and preparing for the principal or a more important matter

  2. 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

  1. an eruption of sectarian violence that proved to be the prelude to all-out civil war

  2. the musical had a brief prelude to get the audience in the proper mood

Origin and Etymology of prelude

Middle French, from Medieval Latin praeludium, from Latin praeludere to play beforehand, from prae- + ludere to play — more at ludicrous


First Known Use: 1561


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prelude

verb pre·lude

Definition of prelude

preluded

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preluding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to serve as a prelude to

  3. 2 :  to play as a prelude

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to give or serve as a prelude; especially :  to play a musical introduction

preluder

noun

1632

First Known Use of prelude

1632


PRELUDE Defined for English Language Learners

prelude

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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

prelude

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noun pre·lude \ˈprel-ˌyüd, ˈprā-ˌlüd\

Definition of prelude for Students

  1. 1 :  something that comes before and prepares for the main or more important parts

  2. 2 :  a short piece of music played at the beginning of something (as an opera or church service)



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