noun Date: 1886 1. a short play usually of one scene that is presented before the main full-length drama 2. a usually short preliminary to a main event

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • curtain raiser — UK [ˈkɜː(r)t(ə)n ˌreɪzə(r)] / US [ˈkɜrt(ə)nˌreɪzər] noun [countable] Word forms curtain raiser : singular curtain raiser plural curtain raisers a) a short performance that is put on before a more important one b) an event, especially a sports… …   English dictionary

  • Curtain raiser — A United States Air Force missile combat competition called Curtain Raiser, held in 1967 Curtain raiser (drama) A short play or entertainment given before the main entertainment or event to fill out the bill or programme. This disambiguation page …   Wikipedia

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  • curtain raiser — Synonyms and related words: Vorspiel, act, afterpiece, bit, chaser, coming out, concert overture, curtain, curtain call, debut, descant, divertimento, divertissement, dramatic overture, embarkation, embarkment, epilogue, exode, exodus, expository …   Moby Thesaurus

  • curtain raiser — cur|tain raiser [ kɜrtn,reızər ] noun count a short performance that is put on before a more important one a. an event that happens before a more important one, or an event that is the first in a series …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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