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 longer piece, 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 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?

(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 longer piece, such as an opera

overture noun [ C ] (APPROACH)

an approach made to someone in order to discuss or establish something:

The country’s leaders rejected all overtures for a peace settlement.

(Definition of “overture” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)