Prelude meaning

prĕlyo͝od, prālo͝od, prē-
The definition of a prelude is something that serves as an introduction.

The opening introduction before a literary work begins is an example of the prelude.

The romantic overtures that a person makes leading up to a kiss are an example of a prelude.

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An introductory performance, event, or action preceding a more important one; a preliminary or preface.
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To serve as a prelude or introduction.
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Anything serving as the introduction to a principal event, action, performance, etc.; preliminary part; preface; opening.
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To introduce with or as if with a prelude.
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(music) A short piece of music that acts as an introduction to a longer piece.
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To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance.
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To serve as a prelude to.
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To serve as or be a prelude (to)
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To introduce by or play (as) a prelude.
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To introduce something, as a prelude.
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Origin of prelude

  • Medieval Latin praelūdium from Latin praelūdere to play beforehand prae- pre- lūdere to play leid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French prelude (“singing to test a musical instrument"), from Latin preludium, from earlier Latin praeludere.

    From Wiktionary