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prel·ude

 (prā′lo͞od′, -lyo͞od′; prĕl′o͞od′, -yo͞od′; prē′lo͞od′, -lyo͞od′)
n.
1. An introductory performance, event, or action preceding a more important one; a preliminary or preface.
2. Music
a. A piece or movement that serves as an introduction to another section or composition and establishes the key, such as one that precedes a fugue, opens a suite, or precedes a church service.
b. A similar but independent composition for the piano.
c. The overture to an oratorio, opera, or act of an opera.
d. A short composition of the 1400s and early 1500s written in a free style, usually for keyboard.
v. prel·ud·ed, prel·ud·ing, prel·udes
v.tr.
1. To serve as a prelude to.
2. To introduce with or as if with a prelude.
v.intr.
To serve as a prelude or introduction.

[Medieval Latin praelūdium, from Latin praelūdere, to play beforehand : prae-, pre- + lūdere, to play; see leid- in Indo-European roots.]

prel′ud′er n.
pre·lu′di·al (prĭ-lo͞o′dē-əl) adj.
Usage Note: How should prelude be pronounced? In our 2015 survey, 72 percent of the Usage Panel preferred a long a (pronounced "pray") and 25 percent a short e (pronounced "prell") for the first syllable. The absence or presence of a glide—a short (y) sound—after coronal consonants such as d, t, or l is a regional variation. People who pronounce duty as (do͞o′tē) also tend to omit the glide after the l in prelude: (prā′lo͞od′). Those who pronounce duty as (dyo͞o′tē will tend to include the glide: (prā′lyo͞od′).

prelude

(ˈprɛljuːd)
n
1. (Music, other)
a. a piece of music that precedes a fugue, or forms the first movement of a suite, or an introduction to an act in an opera, etc
b. (esp for piano) a self-contained piece of music
2. something serving as an introduction or preceding event, occurrence, etc
vb
3. to serve as a prelude to (something)
4. (tr) to introduce by a prelude
[C16: (n) from Medieval Latin praelūdium, from prae before + -lūdium entertainment, from Latin lūdus play; (vb) from Late Latin praelūdere to play beforehand, rehearse, from lūdere to play]
preluder n
preˈludial adj
prelusion n
prelusive, prelusory adj
preˈlusively, preˈlusorily adv

prel•ude

(ˈprɛl yud, ˈpreɪl-, ˈpreɪ lud, ˈpri-)

n., v. -ud•ed, -ud•ing. n.
1. a preliminary to an action, event, condition, or work of broader scope and higher importance.
2. any action, event, comment, etc., that precedes something else.
3. Music.
a. a relatively short, independent instrumental composition, free in form and resembling an improvisation.
b. a piece that is introductory to another piece, as a fugue.
c. the overture to an opera.
d. music opening a church service; an introductory voluntary.
v.t.
4. to serve as a prelude or introduction to.
5. to introduce by a prelude.
6. to play as a prelude.
v.i.
7. to serve as a prelude.
8. to give a prelude.
9. to play a prelude.
[1555–65; < Medieval Latin praelūdium= Latin praelūd(ere) to compose a prelude (prae- pre- + lūdere to write for amusement, play) + -ium -ium1]

prelude


Past participle: preluded
Gerund: preluding

Imperative
prelude
prelude
Present
I prelude
you prelude
he/she/it preludes
we prelude
you prelude
they prelude
Preterite
I preluded
you preluded
he/she/it preluded
we preluded
you preluded
they preluded
Present Continuous
I am preluding
you are preluding
he/she/it is preluding
we are preluding
you are preluding
they are preluding
Present Perfect
I have preluded
you have preluded
he/she/it has preluded
we have preluded
you have preluded
they have preluded
Past Continuous
I was preluding
you were preluding
he/she/it was preluding
we were preluding
you were preluding
they were preluding
Past Perfect
I had preluded
you had preluded
he/she/it had preluded
we had preluded
you had preluded
they had preluded
Future
I will prelude
you will prelude
he/she/it will prelude
we will prelude
you will prelude
they will prelude
Future Perfect
I will have preluded
you will have preluded
he/she/it will have preluded
we will have preluded
you will have preluded
they will have preluded
Future Continuous
I will be preluding
you will be preluding
he/she/it will be preluding
we will be preluding
you will be preluding
they will be preluding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been preluding
you have been preluding
he/she/it has been preluding
we have been preluding
you have been preluding
they have been preluding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been preluding
you will have been preluding
he/she/it will have been preluding
we will have been preluding
you will have been preluding
they will have been preluding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been preluding
you had been preluding
he/she/it had been preluding
we had been preluding
you had been preluding
they had been preluding
Conditional
I would prelude
you would prelude
he/she/it would prelude
we would prelude
you would prelude
they would prelude
Past Conditional
I would have preluded
you would have preluded
he/she/it would have preluded
we would have preluded
you would have preluded
they would have preluded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prelude - something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
inception, origination, origin - an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
2.prelude - music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
chorale prelude - a composition for organ using a chorale as a basis for variations
Verb1.prelude - serve as a prelude or opening to
serve, function - serve a purpose, role, or function; "The tree stump serves as a table"; "The female students served as a control group"; "This table would serve very well"; "His freedom served him well"; "The table functions as a desk"
2.prelude - play as a prelude
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
spiel, play - replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"

prelude

noun
1. introduction, beginning, preparation, preliminary, start, commencement, curtain-raiser The protests are now seen as the prelude to last year's uprising.
2. overture, opening, introduction, introductory movement the third-act Prelude of Parsifal

prelude

noun
A short section of preliminary remarks:
Translations
تَمْهيد، مُقَدِّمَهمُقَدِّمَه موسيقيَّه
preludi
předehrapreludiumúvod
indledningpræludium
elõjátékelõzményprelúdium
forspilundanfari
preliudas
iesākumsievadsprelūdija
prelúdium
girişprelüt

prelude

[ˈpreljuːd]
A. Npreludio m (also Mus) (to de)
B. VTpreludiar

prelude

[ˈprɛljuːd] n
(MUSIC)prélude m
(fig)prélude m
a prelude to sth → un prélude à qch

prelude

nVorspiel nt; (Mus: = introduction to fugue) → Präludium nt; (fig)Auftakt m
vteinleiten, den Auftakt (+gen)bilden

prelude

[ˈprɛljuːd] npreludio

prelude

(ˈpreljuːd) noun
1. an event etc that goes before, and acts as an introduction to, something.
2. a piece of music played as an introduction to the main piece.