The definition of an overture is an introduction, or an action that shows someone might be ready to take a certain action.(noun)
An example of an overture is a suggestion that two people in disagreement seek mediation.
An overture is defined as the musical opening to an opera or classical concert.(noun)
An example of an overture is the opening piece of music to Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro.
See overture in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME, an opening < OFr < VL *opertura < L apertura, aperture
See overture in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, opening
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *ōpertūra
Origin: , alteration (influenced by Latin cōperīre, to cover)
Origin: of Latin apertūra
Origin: , from apertus
Origin: , past participle of aperīre, to open; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
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