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Meaning of OVERTURE

Pronunciation:  'owvurchur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
  2. [n]  a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
  3. [n]  something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"

OVERTURE is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: advance, approach, feeler, preliminary, prelude
 See Also: inception, music, origin, origination, proffer, proposition, suggestion



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O"ver*ture\, [OF. overture, F. ouverture, fr. OF.
    ovrir, F. ouvrir. See {Overt}.]
    1. An opening or aperture; a recess; a recess; a chamber.
       [Obs.] --Spenser. ``The cave's inmost overture.''
    2. Disclosure; discovery; revelation. [Obs.]
             It was he That made the overture of thy treasons to
             us.                                   --Shak.
    3. A proposal; an offer; a proposition formally submitted for
       consideration, acceptance, or rejection. ``The great
       overture of the gospel.'' --Barrow.
    4. (Mus.) A composition, for a full orchestra, designed as an
       introduction to an oratorio, opera, or ballet, or as an
       independent piece; -- called in the latter case a {concert
  2. \O"ver*ture\, v. t.
    To make an overture to; as, to overture a religious body on
    some subject.
Thesaurus Terms
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