What does prelude mean?

Definitions for prelude
ˈprɛl yud, ˈpreɪl-, ˈpreɪ lud, ˈpri-pre·lude

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. prelude(verb)

    music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera

  3. prelude(verb)

    serve as a prelude or opening to

  4. prelude(verb)

    play as a prelude


  1. prelude(Noun)

    An introductory or preliminary performance or event; a preface.

  2. prelude(Noun)

    A short piece of music that acts as an introduction to a longer piece.

  3. prelude(Verb)

    To introduce something, as a prelude.

  4. Origin: From prelude, from preludium, from earlier praeludere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prelude(verb)

    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

  2. Prelude(verb)

    to play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve as prelude

  3. Prelude(verb)

    to introduce with a previous performance; to play or perform a prelude to; as, to prelude a concert with a lively air

  4. Prelude(verb)

    to serve as prelude to; to precede as introductory

  5. Origin: [L. praeludere, praelusum; prae before + ludere to play: cf. F. prluder. See Ludicrous.]


  1. Prelude

    A prelude is a short piece of music, the form of which may vary from piece to piece. The prelude can be thought of as a preface. It may stand on its own or introduce another work. While, during the Baroque era, for example, it may have served as an introduction to succeeding movements of a work that were usually longer and more complex, it may also have been a stand alone piece of work during the Romantic era. It generally features a small number of rhythmic and melodic motifs that recur through the piece. Stylistically, the prelude is improvisatory in nature. The prelude can also refer to an overture, particularly to those seen in an opera or an oratorio.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prelude

    prē-lūd′, or prel′ūd, n. the introductory movement of a musical work: a prefatory piece to an oratorio, &c.: an organ voluntary before a church service: a preface: a forerunner.—v.t. Prelude′, to play before: to preface, as an introduction.—v.i. to perform a prelude: to serve as a prelude.—adjs. Prelū′dial and Prelū′dious (rare); Prelū′sive, of the nature of a prelude: introductory.—advs. Prelū′sively; Prelū′sorily.—adj. Prelū′sory, introductory. [Fr.,—Late L. præludium—L. præ, before, ludĕre, to play.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prelude in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prelude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of prelude in a Sentence

  1. Pesach Seder:

    The willingness to sacrifice is the prelude to freedom.

  2. Reinhold Niebuhr:

    Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.

  3. Shirley MacLaine:

    The pain of leaving those you've grown to love is only the prelude to an understanding of yourself and others.

  4. Justin Onuekwusi:

    Of course, it doesn't help that almost as a prelude to the conversation you get tweets that are quite antagonistic.

  5. Jonathan Schanzer:

    The question now is whether Kim Jong Un is ready to deliver, or if this is a prelude to yet another deliberate effort to spurn the West.

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