- 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 openers
I do not use them in place of God's Word, but as openers to the treasures.'James Gilmour of Mongolia
In fact, if you haven't got a pair of millions for openers, don't sit in.What Will People Say?
You see, the openers are always the same—always; and of course they know me.Parisian Points of View
How 'bout eatin' utensils and fryin' pans, medicine, can openers and all them things?The Blind Lion of the Congo
The openers speech lasted about twenty minutes; then came the speech from the opposition.The Girls of St. Wode's
L. T. Meade
- 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 openers
"one who opens," Old English openere, agent noun from open (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper