V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) something that precedes or introduces something else; (v.) to precede or introduce something

Synonyms: (n.) introduction, preface, overture, opening, preamble, beginning, (v.) introduce, precede, begin, open

Antonyms: (n.) finale, finish, conclusion, epilogue, postscript, (v.) end, close, finish

Tips: The word prelude is, most notably, a musical term which refers to a short musical composition, which usually precedes an opera or concerto. Prelude originates from the Latin word meaning "to play before." Prelude can be used as both a noun and a verb, to refer to the beginning of something to follow.

Usage Examples:

The prelude of the concerto was beautiful and moving, providing the perfect introduction to the rest of the music. (introduction, overture) noun

Before I begin, I would like to prelude my speech with a short story. (introduce, open) verb

We hoped that the turbulent flight wasn't a prelude to a bad vacation. (beginning, preface) noun

The wedding rehearsal dinner was a wonderful prelude to a weekend of festivities. (beginning, opening) noun

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