overture

Part of speech: noun

A proposal; offer.

Part of speech: noun

A musical composition introductory to an opera, etc.

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Usage examples "overture":

  1. But in the present overture this essential did not at once appear. - "The Salamander", Owen Johnson.
  2. When she had at once answered his first subsequent overture with an assent, he had of course been certain that it was so. - "Can You Forgive Her?", Anthony Trollope.
  3. Gradually all the lights were turned out and the overture commenced. - "The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912", Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone.