ˈō-pə- How to pronounce opener (audio)
: one that opens
a bottle opener
: such as
openers plural : cards of sufficient value for a player to open the betting in a poker game
: the first item, contest, or event of a series
for openers
: to begin with

Example Sentences

The album's opener is a slow love song.
Recent Examples on the Web The Beavers won the opener, 5-4, using a Travis Bazzana eighth-inning double and solid bullpen pitching to earn a come-from-behind victory. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2023 Indeed, before Crawford, the last Red Sox pitcher taken outside of the top 10 rounds to make at least 10 starts in the big leagues (not counting short-inning opener Jalen Beeks) was 2000 draftee Kason Gabbard. Alex Speier,, 3 Mar. 2023 Next, Nebraska’s top appellate lawyer, state Solicitor General James Campbell, will step up and proceed under the same format—two-minute opener, free-for-all, round robin. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2023 A week after tossing two touchdown passes in Houston’s XFL opener, quarterback Brandon Silvers threw for two more TDs in the Roughnecks’ 23-14 victory over the Arlington Renegades on Sunday night to cap Week 2 of the season. Mark Inabinett |, al, 26 Feb. 2023 Grapefruit League opener: Detroit Tigers vs. Philadelphia Phillies When: 1:05 p.m. Saturday. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2023 Two things do stand out in their absence: there's no dock and not a single gimmick in the gas-flap-release, trunk-opener, and rear-window-flipper ilk that virtually all new Japanese cars have spoiled us with lately. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 22 Feb. 2023 March 28 – Brewers break camp in Phoenix after final preseason game. March 30 – Season opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, 1:20 p.m. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 9 Feb. 2023 Only Shank may truly know, but with the St. Pete season-opener – where Castroneves has won three times – still to come, Castroneves still feels as if the direction of his career remains firmly in his hands. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opener was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Opener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


open·​er ˈōp-(ə-)nər How to pronounce opener (audio)
: something used for opening
a bottle opener
a conversation opener

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