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English definition of “prelude”

prelude

noun  /ˈprel·jud, ˈpreɪ·lud/ us  

prelude noun (INTRODUCTION)

[C usually sing] something that comes before a more important event or action and introduces or prepares for it: The dinner was only a prelude to a much larger meeting.

prelude noun (MUSIC)

[C] a piece of music that introduces a longer piece of music, or a short piece of music written esp. for the piano
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