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overture

noun 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 Korean 서곡…
in Arabic افتِتاحِيّة…
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 Spanish obertura…
in Portuguese abertura, prelúdio…
in German die Overtüre…
in Catalan obertura…
in Japanese (オペラなどの)序曲…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音乐, (尤指歌剧的)序曲,前奏曲…
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