from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music An instrumental composition intended especially as an introduction to an extended work, such as an opera or oratorio.
- n. Music A similar orchestral work intended for independent concert performance.
- n. An introductory section or part, as of a poem; a prelude.
- n. An act, offer, or proposal that indicates readiness to undertake a course of action or open a relationship.
- transitive v. To present as an introduction or proposal.
- transitive v. To present or make an offer or proposal to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- An opening or aperture; a recess; a chamber.
- Disclosure; discovery; revelation.
- A proposal; an offer; a proposition formally submitted for consideration, acceptance, or rejection.
- A composition, for a full orchestra, designed as an introduction to an oratorio, opera, or ballet, or as an independent piece; -- called in the latter case a concert overture.
- transitive v. To make an overture to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An opening; an aperture; a hole.
- n. An open place.
- n. Opening; disclosure; discovery.
- n. In music, an orchestral movement properly serving as a prelude or introduction to an extended work, as an opera or oratorio.
- n. Something offered to open the way to some conclusion; something proposed for acceptance or rejection; a proposal: as, to make overtures of peace.
- n. Specifically Eccles., in Presbyterian church law, a formal proposal submitted to an ecclesiastical court.
- n. Synonyms Proposition, etc. See proposal.
- Eccles., to submit an overture to. See overture, n., 6.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
- n. orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
- n. something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
Middle English, opening, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *ōpertūra, alteration (influenced by Latin cōperīre, to cover) of Latin apertūra, from apertus, past participle of aperīre, to open.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, Middle French overture, from Old French overture. (Wiktionary)