[ US /ˈoʊvɝtʃɝ/ ]
[ UK /ˈə‍ʊvətjˌɔː/ ]
  1. something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
    training is a necessary preliminary to employment
    drinks were the overture to dinner
  2. orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
  3. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    she rejected his advances
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How To Use overture In A Sentence

  • The greatest bar to women's participation was the common-law principle of coverture, although it should be noted that the status and authority of married women in plebeian families likely permitted them a good deal of behind-the-scenes involvement in any legal matters confronting their families. Gutenber-e Help Page
  • She will probably behave brilliantly if you make the generous overture of inviting her in the first place. Times, Sunday Times
  • Opera is music, drama, literature, dance, theater and art as a comprehensive integration of art, usually by the Aria, Recitative, ensemble, chorus, Overture, Intermezzo , dances and other components.
  • All attempts by the Socialists to woo him back were spurned. Similar overtures from the right have likewise been rejected.
  • And it is the treachery of his appetite which inveigles him into the mischief, which cheats, and abuses, and by deceitful overtures trapans him into a perpetual calamity. Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. IV.
  • Our natural instinct is to analyze that as a homologous variation — Joplin must have got it from somewhere, perhaps the cavatina-cabaletta sequence of Italian opera, or perhaps Rossini overtures, or perhaps similarly obsessive passages in Chopin or Schumann. Categorical denials
  • At a running time of around four minutes, the overture is segmented into four themes.
  • They give a fine account of the Overture in C minor which has some delightful work for bassoon.
  • The most cherishable of Jay's recordings are two-disc sets which permit inclusion of virtually every bit of the show's score, as well as snippets of dialogue, overtures, entr'actes, incidental music, and underscoring.
  • Villa Kennan, with a pang of disappointment at such rebuff, forwent her overtures for the moment, and listened to what tale Jacob Henderson could tell of his dog. CHAPTER XXXIV
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