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Meaning of PRELUDE

Pronunciation:  'prelyood

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera
  2. [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"
  3. [v]  play as a prelude, of musical pieces
  4. [v]  serve as a prelude to

PRELUDE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: overture, preliminary
 See Also: chorale prelude, function, inception, music, origin, origination, play, serve, spiel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pre"lude\, n. [F. pr['e]lude (cf. It. preludio, LL.
    praeludium), fr. L. prae before + ludus play. See {Prelude},
    v. t.]
    An introductory performance, preceding and preparing for the
    principal matter; a preliminary part, movement, strain, etc.;
    especially (Mus.), a strain introducing the theme or chief
    subject; a movement introductory to a fugue, yet independent;
    -- with recent composers often synonymous with overture.
          The last Georgic was a good prelude to the [AE]nis
          The cause is more than the prelude, the effect is more
          than the sequel, of the fact.            --Whewell.
    Syn: Preface; introduction; preliminary; preamble;
         forerunner; harbinger; precursor.
  2. \Pre*lude"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Preluded}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Preluding}.] [L. praeludere, praelusum; prae before +
    ludere to play: cf. F. pr['e]luder. See {Ludicrous}.]
    To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory
    performance; to serve as prelude.
          The musicians preluded on their instruments. --Sir. W.
          We are preluding too largely, and must come at once to
          the point.                               --Jeffrey.
  3. \Pre*lude"\, v. t.
    1. To introduce with a previous performance; to play or
       perform a prelude to; as, to prelude a concert with a
       lively air.
    2. To serve as prelude to; to precede as introductory.
             [Music] preluding some great tragedy. --Longfellow