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opening night

the first performance of a theatrical attraction, taking place in the evening:
The audience was full of celebrities on opening night.
Also called first night.
Origin of opening night
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Worse than that, on the last awful day before the opening night she had a sharp attack of pleurisy.

    Ten American Girls From History Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • She must know then what their inferences would be from the fact of his asking her out to supper on the opening night.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
  • Of course she let on to me that she hadnt seen the play yet, though my designer said she saw her there on the opening night.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • I recognized the person who had reproved Will after the supper at the College Inn on the opening night.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • It was late on the opening night when he returned to Alcala.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • At the rival house Ponchielli's La Gioconda attracted a large but not a crowded audience on the opening night.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II James H. Mapleson
  • And the thief crawls through the opening night after night; is it not outrageous?'

    Norse Tales and Sketches Alexander Lange Kielland
  • Haddon, she's got a bug about that dress, and she says she wants to take it to London with her, to use on the opening night.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • The prime minister promised to be present on the opening night.

    Cashel Byron's Profession George Bernard Shaw

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