Meaning of overture
Pronunciation: (ō'vur-chur, -choor"), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
- an opening or initiating move toward negotiations, a new relationship, an agreement, etc.; a formal or informal proposal or offer: overtures of peace; a shy man who rarely made overtures of friendship.
- an orchestral composition forming the prelude or introduction to an opera, oratorio, etc.
- an independent piece of similar character.
- an introductory part, as of a poem; prelude; prologue.
- (in Presbyterian churches)
- the action of an ecclesiastical court in submitting a question or proposal to presbyteries.
- the proposal or question so submitted.
- to submit as an overture or proposal: to overture conditions for a ceasefire.
- to make an overture or proposal to: to overture one's adversary through a neutral party.
- overture (Thesaurus)