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prelude

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1 a performance, activity, or event that precedes and sets the stage for the main event
  • an eruption of sectarian violence that proved to be the prelude to all-out civil war

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2 a short section (as of a book) that leads to or explains the main part
  • the musical had a brief prelude to get the audience in the proper mood

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The first known use of prelude was in 1561

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“Prelude.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/prelude. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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