Definition of overture :
1. A composition, for a full orchestra, designed as an introduction to an oratorio, opera, or ballet, or as an independent piece; - called in the latter case a concert overture.
2. A proposal; an offer; a proposition formally submitted for consideration, acceptance, or rejection.
3. An opening or aperture; a recess; a recess; a chamber.
4. Disclosure; discovery; revelation.
5. To make an overture to; as, to overture a religious body on some subject.
onward motion, cash advance, warm-up, forward motion, progress, arpeggio, crescendo, approach shot, barbel, suggestion, excerpt, glide path, antenna, cadence, coda, prolegomenon, access, feeler, preliminary, proposal, improvement, progression, coming, prelim, glide slope, betterment, breakbeat, descant, nomination, induction, accompaniment, words, rise, lead-in, voluntary, recommendation, approach path, counterpoint, foreword, flourish, advancement, attack, plan of attack, proposition, approaching, start, procession, curtain-raiser
introduction (part of speech: noun)
offer (part of speech: noun)
- Not once since their wedding- day had he made any friendly overture or responded to any overture of hers. - "The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories", Ethel M. Dell.
- But as to this overture of reconciliation that was now made to him; how was he to accept it or reject it? - "Castle Richmond", Anthony Trollope.
- Bessie made this overture as a sort of amends to Richard, and the friendly little act seemed to soothe him. - "Our Bessie", Rosa Nouchette Carey.