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overturenoun

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.tjʊər/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ.tʃɚ/

overture noun (MUSIC)

[C] a piece of music that is an introduction to a longer piece, especially a work for the theatre: the overture to "The Magic Flute"

overture noun (COMMUNICATION)

[C usually plural] a communication made to someone in order to offer something: overtures of friendship. Neither side in the conflict seems willing to make peace overtures.informal So he's been making overtures (= showing a sexual interest), has he?
Translations of “overture”
in Arabic افتِتاحِيّة…
in Korean 서곡…
in Malaysian overtur…
in French ouverture…
in Turkish giriş müziği…
in Italian ouverture…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音樂, (尤指歌劇的)序曲,前奏曲…
in Russian увертюра…
in Polish uwertura…
in Vietnamese khúc dạo đầu…
in Spanish obertura…
in Portuguese abertura, prelúdio…
in Thai เพลงโหมโรง…
in German die Overtüre…
in Catalan obertura…
in Japanese (オペラなどの)序曲…
in Indonesian musik pembukaan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音乐, (尤指歌剧的)序曲,前奏曲…
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