Definitions for overtureˈoʊ vər tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word overture
orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
preliminary, overture, prelude(noun)
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, advance, approach, feeler(noun)
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
"she rejected his advances"
An approach or proposal made to initiate communication, establish a relationship etc.
A motion placed before a legislative body, such as the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
a musical introduction to a piece of music which may or may not be an integral part of that piece of music.
Overture in music is the term originally applied to the instrumental introduction to an opera. During the early Romantic era, composers such as Beethoven and Mendelssohn began to use the term to refer to independent, self-existing instrumental, programmatic works that presaged genres such as the symphonic poem. These were at first no doubt intended to be played at the head of a programme.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.
I had never expected that the China initiative would come to fruition in the form of a Ping-Pong team. (On first friendly overture by People's Republic of China)
Yesterday the market got somewhat excited by the editorial of the OPEC Bulletin, this was read by some market participants as making a first overture for a change of policy.
I don’t play a lot. It’s not something that comes naturally to me, my wife is much more playful. I came home one day to find them riding brooms around the house and blaring the ‘William Tell Overture.’ I just kind of watched. I play hide-and-seek and other games, but a lot of times I just support my wife in what she and kids are already doing.
Translations for overture
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for overture »
Find a translation for the overture definition in other languages:
Select another language: