- a relatively short, independent instrumental composition, free in form and resembling an improvisation.
- a piece that precedes a more important movement.
- the overture to an opera.
- an independent piece, of moderate length, sometimes used as an introduction to a fugue.
- music opening a church service; an introductory voluntary.
verb (used with object), prel·ud·ed, prel·ud·ing.
verb (used without object), prel·ud·ed, prel·ud·ing.
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Origin of prelude
OTHER WORDS FROM preludeprel·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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How to use prelude in a sentence
Maybe, he hopes, acting well onstage will serve as a prelude to acting better in real life.Ethan Hawke turns his acting experience — and past infidelities — into brilliant fiction|Ron Charles|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
Morell emphasized that SolarWinds appears to have "just" been espionage and not, apparently, some type of prelude to destruction.The uncomfortable reality of American cyber espionage|Zach Dorfman of the Aspen Institute|January 27, 2021|Axios
It was a prelude for Brooks, and by the time he got to his microphone, my imagination was primed.
It felt like a prelude, a 26-year-old entering the mastery phase of stardom.John Wall gave the Wizards their last great memory. Then it all fell apart.|Jerry Brewer|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
Perhaps as a prelude to this attempt, researchers just published a number of new studies about the geochemistry of Bennu today in the journals Science and Science Advances, providing some of the biggest revelations to date.Asteroid Bennu may have been home to ancient water flows|Neel Patel|October 8, 2020|MIT Technology Review
There was an entryway near here to another courtyard, itself a prelude to the heart of the main temple.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This could be a prelude to peace talks—or intensified fighting.
Or will they be merely the dark prelude to an even darker future?
We should hope this only sounds like a prelude to an intervention.Here's What It's Like to Fight Vitali Klitschko, Ukraine’s Revolutionary Champ|Michael Daly|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Marguerite hoped it would be the prelude to a book she wanted to write, and asked if I could get it published somewhere.Oswald’s Mother Was a Thoroughly Disagreeable Piece of Work|Steve North|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A full, busy youth is your only prelude to a self-contained and independent age; and the muff inevitably develops into a bore.The Pocket R.L.S.|Robert Louis Stevenson
A trifling dispute with which his reign began was the prelude to very serious events.Belgium|George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
And so, with this prelude, I may as well tell without more delay what evil fortune was in store for us.The Way of a Man|Emerson Hough
Is it not possible that Chopin may have afterwards substituted the new Prelude for one of those already forwarded to France?
Chopin began generally to prelude apathetically and only gradually grew warm, but then his playing was really grand.
British Dictionary definitions for prelude
- 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
- (esp for piano) a self-contained piece of music