[ oh-puh-ner ]
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  1. a person or thing that opens.

  2. a device for opening sealed containers: can opener.

  1. the first of several theatrical numbers, variety acts, sports events, etc.: a humorous monologue as an opener.

  2. 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.

Idioms about opener

  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

Other words from opener

  • self-o·pen·er, noun

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How to use opener in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for opener


/ (ˈəʊpənə) /

  1. an instrument used to open sealed containers such as tins or bottles: a bottle opener

  2. a person who opens, esp the player who makes the first bid or play

  1. the first or opening section or episode in a series

  2. US the first song, act, etc, in a variety show

  3. (plural) a start; beginning (esp in the phrase for openers)

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