pro·​lu·​sion prō-ˈlü-zhən How to pronounce prolusion (audio)
: a preliminary trial or exercise : prelude
: an introductory and often tentative discourse
prō-ˈlü-sə-rē How to pronounce prolusion (audio)

Examples of prolusion in a Sentence

in her prolusion she sketches the religious, cultural and political milieu in which gnosticism developed
Recent Examples on the Web This poem seems positioned as a prolusion — his word — or prelude to set a mood of contemplation, to encourage a softness or stillness, a long view, for entering what follows. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022

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Word History


Latin prolusion-, prolusio, from proludere to play beforehand, from pro- before + ludere to play — more at ludicrous

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prolusion was in 1601

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“Prolusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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