Definition of curtain-raiser noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɜːtn reɪzə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrtn reɪzər//
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  1. 1curtain-raiser (to something) a small event that prepares for a more important one
  2. 2curtain-raiser (to something) a short performance before the main performance in a theatre, etc.
  3. Word Originlate 19th cent.: originally used in the theatre to denote a short opening piece performed before a play.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: curtain-raiser