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prelude

noun uk   /ˈprel.juːd/ us  

prelude noun (INTRODUCTION)

[C usually singular] something that comes before a more important event or action that introduces or prepares for it: The changes are seen as a prelude to wide-ranging reforms.

prelude noun (MUSIC)

[C] specialized music a short piece of music that introduces the main work [C] specialized music a short independent piece of music written especially for the piano
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