from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or serving as a prelude; introductory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Acting as a prelude; preliminary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of a prelude; introductory; indicating that something of a like kind is to follow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving as a prelude; introductory; indicative of the future; premonitory.


From the past participle stem of Latin praelūdere + -ive. (Wiktionary)



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  • shall ere long see him, beating his tambourine; prelusive of the eternal time...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 27

    July 24, 2008