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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
Translations of “prelude”
in Spanish preludio…
in French prélude…
in German das Vorspiel…
in Chinese (Traditional) 序言, 序幕,先聲,前奏…
in Russian прелюдия…
in Turkish giriş parçası…
in Chinese (Simplified) 序言, 序幕,先声,前奏…
in Polish preludium…
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