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Meaning of “overture” in the English Dictionary

"overture" in British English

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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 ​longerpiece, ​especially an opera: the overture to "The Magic Flute"
  • overture noun (COMMUNICATION)

[C usually plural] a ​communication made to someone in ​order to ​offer something: overtures offriendship. Neither ​side in the ​conflictseemswilling to makepeace overtures.informal So he's been making overtures (= ​showing a ​sexualinterest), has he?
(Definition of overture from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overture" in American English

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overturenoun [C]

 us   /ˈoʊ·vər·tʃər, -ˌtʃʊr/
  • overture noun [C] (MUSIC)

a ​piece of ​music that is an ​introduction to a ​longerpiece, such as an ​opera
  • overture noun [C] (APPROACH)

an ​approach made to someone in ​order to ​discuss or ​establish something: The country’s ​leadersrejected all overtures for a ​peacesettlement.
(Definition of overture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “overture”
in Korean 서곡…
in Arabic افتِتاحِيّة…
in Malaysian overtur…
in French ouverture…
in Russian увертюра…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音樂, (尤指歌劇的)序曲,前奏曲…
in Italian ouverture…
in Turkish giriş müziği…
in Polish uwertura…
in Spanish obertura…
in Vietnamese khúc dạo đầu…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 音乐, (尤指歌剧的)序曲,前奏曲…
in Indonesian musik pembukaan…
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