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overture (plural overtures)
- (obsolete) An opening; a recess or chamber. [15th-19th c.]
- the cave's inmost overture
- (obsolete) Disclosure; discovery; revelation.
- It was he / That made the overture of thy treasons to us.
- (often in plural) An approach or proposal made to initiate communication, establish a relationship etc. [from 15th c.]
2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in the Guardian:
- Sarkozy gave a defiant speech, going on the offensive and betraying no hint of having been beaten. He styled the result as a "crisis" vote, by a French population which was "suffering". In a clear overture to Le Pen's voters, and the extreme-right motto of loving France, he said: "I call on all French people who put love of their country above partisan considerations, to unite and join me."
- 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 20:
- My mother had no choice; one did not turn down such an overture from the regent.
- (Scotland) A motion placed before a legislative body, such as the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. [from 16th c.]
- (music) A musical introduction to a piece of music. [from 17th c.]
- (opening of a piece of music): coda