prelude

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French prelude (singing to test a musical instrument), from Latin preludium, from earlier Latin praeludere.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

prelude (plural preludes)

  1. An introductory or preliminary performance or event; a preface.
  2. (music) A short piece of music that acts as an introduction to a longer piece.

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Verb[edit]

prelude (third-person singular simple present preludes, present participle preluding, simple past and past participle preluded)

  1. To introduce something, as a prelude.
  2. To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      The musicians preluded on their instruments.
    • Jeffrey
      We are preluding too largely, and must come at once to the point.

References[edit]

  • prelude” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

prelude

  1. third-person singular present indicative of preludere

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