Meaning of “prelude” in the English Dictionary

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preludenoun

us /ˈprel·jud, ˈpreɪ·lud/

prelude noun (INTRODUCTION)

[ C usually sing ] something that comes before a more important event or action and introduces or prepares for it:

The dinner was only a prelude to a much larger meeting.

prelude noun (MUSIC)

[ C ] a piece of music that introduces a longer piece of music, or a short piece of music written esp. for the piano

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