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English definition of “prelude”

prelude

noun [C usually sing] (INTRODUCTION)   /ˈprel·jud, ˈpreɪ·lud/
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 .
(Definition of prelude noun (INTRODUCTION) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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