prelude

[ prel-yood, preyl-, prey-lood, pree- ]
/ ˈprɛl yud, ˈpreɪl-, ˈpreɪ lud, ˈpri- /

noun

verb (used with object), prel·ud·ed, prel·ud·ing.

verb (used without object), prel·ud·ed, prel·ud·ing.

Origin of prelude

1555–65; (noun) < Medieval Latin praelūdium, equivalent to prae- pre- + -lūdium play; compare Latin lūdus play; (v.) < Latin praelūdere to play beforehand

Related forms

prel·ud·er, nounpre·lu·di·al [pri-loo-dee-uhl] /prɪˈlu di əl/, pre·lu·di·ous, adjectivepre·lu·di·ous·ly, adverbun·prel·ud·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prelude

prelude

/ (ˈprɛljuːd) /

noun

  1. a piece of music that precedes a fugue, or forms the first movement of a suite, or an introduction to an act in an opera, etc
  2. (esp for piano) a self-contained piece of music
something serving as an introduction or preceding event, occurrence, etc

verb

to serve as a prelude to (something)
(tr) to introduce by a prelude

Derived Forms

Word Origin for prelude

C16: (n) from Medieval Latin praelūdium, from prae before + -lūdium entertainment, from Latin lūdus play; (vb) from Late Latin praelūdere to play beforehand, rehearse, from lūdere to play
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