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1 overture

Orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio.

Roget 415: music; concert; strain, tune, air; melody etc. 413; aria, arietta; piece of music [Fr.], work, number, opus; ... show more

Roget 763: offer, proffer, presentation, tender, bid, overture; proposal, proposition; motion, invitation; candidature; offering etc. ... show more

Roget 765: request, requisition; claim etc. (demand) 741; petition, suit, prayer; begging letter, round robin.    motion, overture, ... show more

Dutch: ouverture
Polish: uwertura

2 overture

Something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows:
— Drinks were the overture to dinner.

synonyms: preliminary, prelude.

Roget 64: precursor, antecedent, precedent, predecessor; forerunner, vancourier, avant-coureur [Fr.], pioneer, prodrome, prodromos, prodromus, outrider; leader, bellwether; ... show more

Polish: preludium, uwertura, przygrywka

3 overture

A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others.

synonyms: advance, approach, feeler.

Moby thesaurus: Vorspiel, advance, approach, asking price, avant-propos, bid, breakthrough, concert overture, curtain raiser, descant, dramatic overture, exordium, feeler, foreword, front matter, frontispiece, innovation, introduction, invitation, leap ... show more.

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