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Definition of prelude noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈprɛlyud//
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  1. 1a short piece of music, especially an introduction to a longer piece the prelude to Act II J S. Bach's preludes and fugues
  2. 2prelude (to something) an action or event that happens before another more important one and forms an introduction to it
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