Definition of overture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈəʊvətʃʊə(r)//
    , BrE//ˈəʊvətjʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊvərtʃər//
    , NAmE//ˈoʊvərtʃʊr//
    Pieces of music
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  1. 1 a piece of music written as an introduction to an opera or a ballet Prokofiev’s overture to ‘Romeo and Juliet’ See related entries: Pieces of music
  2. 2[usually plural] overture (to somebody) a suggestion or an action by which somebody tries to make friends, start a business relationship, have discussions, etc. with somebody else He began making overtures to a number of merchant banks. Maggie was never one to reject a friendly overture.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘aperture’): from Old French, from Latin apertura ‘aperture’.Extra examples He made friendly overtures to the new people next door. She spurned his overtures of love. overtures of friendship the overture to Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’
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