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English definition of “curtain-raiser”

curtain-raiser

noun [C]    
a short play sometimes performed before the main playSpectacles and performancesDrama and plays a small event that happens before a bigger one and is a preparation for itPreceding and introducing
(Definition of curtain-raiser noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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