follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

curtain raiser

noun
1.
a short play preceding a main play.
2.
any preliminary event or performance.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with curtain raiser

curtain raiser

Preliminary event, as in This limited attack on the chairman is just a curtain raiser for the concerted effort to oust him. This term literally refers to a short play or skit presented before the main theatrical production. It began to be transferred to other preliminaries about 1940.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for curtain raiser

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for curtain

9
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for curtain raiser