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From open + -er.



opener ‎(plural openers)

  1. A device that opens something; specifically a tin-opener/can-opener, or a bottle opener.
  2. (card games) The player who starts the betting.
  3. (card games) (in plural openers) Cards of sufficient value to enable a player to open the betting.
  4. (theater) The first act in a variety show or concert.
  5. (Islam) Fatiha
  6. (cricket) A batsman who normally plays in the first two positions of an innings.
  7. (colloquial) The first in a series of events, items etc.; the first remark or sentence of a conversation.
  8. (sports) The first game played in a competition.
    • 2011 September 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England were on the scoreboard after only one minute, Wilkinson, who missed five penalties in his side's opener against the Pumas, knocking over a three-pointer from bang in front, despite boos from the crowd.
  9. (sports) The first goal or point scored.
    • 2011 January 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 4 - 3 Wolves”, in BBC[2]:
      The opener came from a Jarvis ball which struck Aleksandar Kolarov en route to a lively round of pinball between City players before it was poked in by Milijas.


tin-/can-opener See tin-opener/can-opener

bottle-opener See bottle opener

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