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

Wiktionary

  1. prelude(Noun)

    An introductory or preliminary performance or event; a preface.

    Etymology: From prelude, from preludium, from earlier praeludere.

  2. prelude(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From prelude, from preludium, from earlier praeludere.

  3. prelude(Verb)

    To introduce something, as a prelude.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Prelude(verb)

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

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

  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

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

  4. Prelude(verb)

    to serve as prelude to; to precede as introductory

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. The Tribune, Berlin, 1871:

    The prelude to Tristan and Isolde sounded as if a bomb had fallen into a large music factory and had thrown all the notes into confusion.

  2. Valentyn Zemlyansky:

    What's been happening the past few days, these statements by Miller and Putin, is all just a prelude for talks between Russia and Ukraine over a summer deal.

  3. Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon:

    What we’ve seen overnight is the prelude of things to come, following the signing of the nuclear agreement and the lifting of sanctions. An Iran that can funnel additional funds and weapons to terror organizations operating against Israel and Western interests in the region.

  4. Kim Jong:

    We overcame all kinds of scepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace, i believe this is a good prelude for peace.

  5. Henry Rome:

    The way I look at it, this is the substitute for a military response, not the prelude to it.

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