Meaning of prelude
Pronunciation: (prel'yd, prāl'-, prā'ld, prē'-), [key]
— n., v., -ud•ed, -ud•ing.
- a preliminary to an action, event, condition, or work of broader scope and higher importance.
- any action, event, comment, etc. that precedes something else.
- a relatively short, independent instrumental composition, free in form and resembling an improvisation.
- a piece that precedes a more important movement.
- the overture to an opera.
- an independent piece, of moderate length, sometimes used as an introduction to a fugue.
- music opening a church service; an introductory voluntary.
- to serve as a prelude or introduction to.
- to introduce by a prelude.
- to play as a prelude.
- to serve as a prelude.
- to give a prelude.
- to play a prelude.
- prelude (Thesaurus)