- a person or thing that opens.
- a device for opening sealed containers: can opener.
- the first of several theatrical numbers, variety acts, sports events, etc.: a humorous monologue as an opener.
- openers, Poker. cards in a hand, as a pair of jacks or better, that according to a given standard are worth enough to enable the holder to make the first bet of a deal.
- for openers, as an initially stated reason or argument; at the outset; to begin with: Well, for openers, I don't have the money.
Origin of opener
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Examples from the Web for opener
Opener “Always in My Head” was a dreamy lost-love song with a chiming, circular guitar line—the perfect slow dance for Prom 2014.Why Is It Cool to Hate Coldplay? A First Listen of New Album ‘Ghost Stories’
March 26, 2014
I see them beating us 17—13 in our opener in Milwaukee in 1961.The Night Vince Lombardi Lay Awake Brooding Over a 49-0 Win
January 25, 2014
And in its opener, little seemed to improve as it played out a dull, frustrating tie with an uninspiring Uruguay side.
It was heartbreak for the Swiss, who conquered Spain in their opener, but Chile guaranteed its place in the last 16.
My sister's eyes were opener and bigger than ever I saw them before.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
It was "the opener of the Way" for the birth of the sun and the New Year.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
The opener checked, the boy next raised him two and Vernon dropped.The Fifth Ace
Mrs. Sheridan dug an opener into a can of corn with a vigorous hand.The Beloved Woman
I've lost the can opener, and I can't open this tin of peaches.Uncle Wiggily in Wonderland
Howard R. Garis
- an instrument used to open sealed containers such as tins or bottlesa bottle opener
- a person who opens, esp the player who makes the first bid or play
- the first or opening section or episode in a series
- US the first song, act, etc, in a variety show
- (plural) a start; beginning (esp in the phrase for openers)
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Word Origin and History for opener
"one who opens," Old English openere, agent noun from open (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper