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prelude

noun
 
 
/ˈpreljuːd/
a prelude to sth something that happens before another event or activity, usually as an introduction to it: There are hopes that the talks are a prelude to an agreement.Preceding and introducing
[C] a short piece of music that introduces the main pieceMusical pieces
(Definition of prelude from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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