What does overture mean?

Definitions for overtureˈoʊ vər tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word overture.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overture

    ō′vėr-tūr, n. a proposal, an offer for acceptance or rejection: (mus.) a piece introductory to a greater piece or ballet: a discovery or disclosure: the method in Presbyterian usage of beginning legislation and maturing opinion by sending some proposition from the presbyteries to the General Assembly, and vice versâ, also the proposal so sent.—v.t. to lay a proposal before. [Fr.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overture in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dan Rather:

    An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.

  2. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    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)

  3. Olivier Jakob:

    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.

  4. Matthew Thompson:

    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.

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