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Noun: prelude  pre-l(y)ood
  1. Something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
    "training is a necessary prelude to employment";
    - preliminary, overture
     
  2. Music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera
Verb: prelude  pre-l(y)ood
  1. Serve as a prelude or opening to
     
  2. (music) play as a prelude

Derived forms: preluded, preludes, preluding

Type of: function, inception, music, origin, origination, play, serve, spiel

Encyclopedia: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat major