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Noun: overture  ow-vu(r)-chu(r) or 'ow-vu(r),tyûr
  1. Orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
     
  2. Something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
    "drinks were the overture to dinner";
    - preliminary, prelude
     
  3. A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    "she rejected his overtures";
    - advance, approach, feeler

Derived forms: overtures

Type of: inception, music, origin, origination, proffer, proposition, suggestion

Encyclopedia: Overture, Scherzo and Finale