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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: 'opening', from Latin apertura; APERTURE

overture

noun
     
Related topics: Music
o‧ver‧ture
1 [countable]APM a short piece of music written as an introduction to a long piece of music, especially an opera
2

overtures

[plural] an attempt to begin a friendly relationship with a person, country etc:
They began making overtures to the Irish government.
She had rejected his overtures.
3

be an overture

if an event is an overture to a more important event, it happens just before it and makes you expect it

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