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  1. a person or thing that opens.
  2. a device for opening sealed containers: can opener.
  3. the first of several theatrical numbers, variety acts, sports events, etc.: a humorous monologue as an opener.
  4. 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.
  1. 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

First recorded in 1540–50; open + -er1
Related formsself-o·pen·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for openers

Historical Examples

  • I do not use them in place of God's Word, but as openers to the treasures.'

    James Gilmour of Mongolia

    James Gilmour

  • In fact, if you haven't got a pair of millions for openers, don't sit in.

  • You see, the openers are always the same—always; and of course they know me.

  • How 'bout eatin' utensils and fryin' pans, medicine, can openers and all them things?

  • The openers speech lasted about twenty minutes; then came the speech from the opposition.

British Dictionary definitions for openers


  1. an instrument used to open sealed containers such as tins or bottlesa bottle opener
  2. a person who opens, esp the player who makes the first bid or play
  3. the first or opening section or episode in a series
  4. US the first song, act, etc, in a variety show
  5. (plural) a start; beginning (esp in the phrase for openers)
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Word Origin and History for openers



"one who opens," Old English openere, agent noun from open (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper