prelude Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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preludenoun

uk   us   /ˈprel.juːd/

prelude noun (INTRODUCTION)

[C usually singular] something that comes before a more ​importantevent or ​action that ​introduces or ​prepares for it: The ​changes are ​seen as a prelude towide-rangingreforms.

prelude noun (MUSIC)

[C] specialized music a ​shortpiece of ​music that ​introduces the ​mainwork [C] specialized music a ​shortindependentpiece of ​music written ​especially for the ​piano
(Definition of prelude from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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preludenoun

 us   /ˈprel·jud, ˈpreɪ·lud/

prelude noun (INTRODUCTION)

[C usually sing] something that comes before a more ​importantevent or ​action and ​introduces or ​prepares for it: The ​dinner was only a prelude to a much ​largermeeting.

prelude noun (MUSIC)

[C] a ​piece of ​music that ​introduces a ​longerpiece of ​music, or a ​shortpiece of ​music written esp. for the ​piano
(Definition of prelude from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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