Definitions for overtureˈoʊ vər tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•tureˈoʊ vər tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)an initiating move in negotiating an agreement or action; proposal; offer.

  2. an orchestral composition introducing a musical work, as an opera. an independent piece of similar character.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. an introductory part; prelude; prologue.

  4. (v.t.)to submit as an overture or proposal.

  5. to make an overture or proposal to.

Origin of overture:

1300–50; ME < OF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overture(noun)

    orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio

  2. 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"

  3. overture, advance, approach, feeler(noun)

    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

    "she rejected his advances"


  1. overture(Noun)

    An opening.

  2. overture(Noun)

    An approach or proposal made to initiate communication, establish a relationship etc.

  3. overture(Noun)

    A motion placed before a legislative body, such as the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

  4. overture(Noun)

    a musical introduction to a piece of music which may or may not be an integral part of that piece of music.


  1. Overture

    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.

Anagrams of overture

  1. trouvère

Translations for overture

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a piece of music played as an introduction to an opera etc.

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