- An overture is defined as the musical opening to an opera or classical concert.
An example of an overture is the opening piece of music to Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro.
- The definition of an overture is an introduction, or an action that shows someone might be ready to take a certain action.
An example of an overture is a suggestion that two people in disagreement seek mediation.
- an introductory proposal or offer; indication of willingness to negotiate
- a musical introduction to an opera or other large musical work
- an independent orchestral composition of varying form
- in Presbyterian churches, a proposal or question submitted as by the general assembly to the presbyteries
- any introductory section
Origin of overtureME, an opening from Old French from Vulgar Latin an unverified form opertura from Classical Latin apertura, aperture
transitive verb-·tured, -·tur·ing
- Music a. An instrumental composition intended especially as an introduction to an extended work, such as an opera or oratorio.b. A similar orchestral work intended for independent concert performance.
- An introductory section or part, as of a poem; a prelude.
- An act, offer, or proposal that indicates readiness to undertake a course of action or open a relationship.
transitive verbo·ver·tured, o·ver·tur·ing, o·ver·tures
- To present as an introduction or proposal.
- To present or make an offer or proposal to.
Origin of overtureMiddle English opening from Old French from Vulgar Latin ōpertūra alteration ( influenced by Latin cōperīre to cover ) of Latin apertūra from apertus past participle of aperīre to open ; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
- (often in plural) An approach or proposal made to initiate communication, establish a relationship etc. [from 15th c.]
- (Scotland) A motion placed before a legislative body, such as the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. [from 16th c.]
- (music) a musical introduction to a piece of music. [from 17th c.]
From Anglo-Norman, Middle French overture, from Old French overture.
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