- IPA: /ˈpɹɛl(j)uːd/, /ˈpɹeɪl(j)uːd/, /ˈpɹiːluːd/
prelude (plural preludes)
- An introductory or preliminary performance or event.
- Synonyms: preface
- (music) A short, free-form piece of music, originally one serving as an introduction to a longer and more complex piece; later, starting with the Romantic period, generally a stand-alone piece. [from 1650s]
- Synonyms: intrada, overture
- (computing) A standard module or library of subroutines and functions to be imported, generally by default, into a program.
- (figurative) A forerunner to anything.
- German: Präludium, Vorspiel
- Italian: preludio, ouverture
- Portuguese: prelúdio
- Russian: прелю́дия
- Spanish: preludio
prelude (preludes, present participle preluding; past and past participle preluded)
- To introduce something, as a prelude.
- To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance.
- 1821 January 7, [Walter Scott], Kenilworth; a Romance. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (
please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; and John Ballantyne, Edinburgh; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 277979407 ↗:
- We are preluding too largely, and must come at once to the point.