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See also prélude
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- prælude (archaic)
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prelude (plural preludes)
- An introductory or preliminary performance or event; a preface.
- (music) A short piece of music that acts as an introduction to a longer piece.
short piece of music
- To introduce something, as a prelude.
- “prelude” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- third-person singular present indicative of preludere