prolusion

[proh-loo-zhuh n]

noun

a preliminary written article.
an essay of an introductory nature, preliminary to a more profound work.

Origin of prolusion

1595–1605; < Latin prōlūsiōn- (stem of prōlūsiō) preliminary exercise, prelude, equivalent to prōlūs(us), past participle of prōlūdere (prō- pro-1 + lūdere to play; cf. prelude) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for prolusion

prolusion

noun

a preliminary written exercise
an introductory essay, sometimes of a slight or tentative nature
Derived Formsprolusory (prəˈluːzərɪ), adjective

Word Origin for prolusion

C17: from Latin prōlūsiō preliminary exercise, from prōlūdere to practise beforehand, from pro- 1 + lūdere to play
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