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[oh-puh-ner] /ˈoʊ pə nər/
a person or thing that opens.
a device for opening sealed containers:
can opener.
the first of several theatrical numbers, variety acts, sports events, etc.:
a humorous monologue as an opener.
openers, Poker. cards in a hand, as a pair of jacks or better, that according to a given standard are worth enough to enable the holder to make the first bet of a deal.
for openers, as an initially stated reason or argument; at the outset; to begin with:
Well, for openers, I don't have the money.
Origin of opener
1540-50; open + -er1
Related forms
self-opener, noun Unabridged
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  • After the speeches from the opener and the opposition, the debate proceeded with enthusiasm.

  • My sister's eyes were opener and bigger than ever I saw them before.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Always wipe a can opener after using, and hang it in its place.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • It was "the opener of the Way" for the birth of the sun and the New Year.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • Nann had also found a can opener and they were soon hungrily eating the supper Dories had suggested.

    The Phantom Yacht Carol Norton
  • The opener checked, the boy next raised him two and Vernon dropped.

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
British Dictionary definitions for opener


an instrument used to open sealed containers such as tins or bottles: a bottle opener
a person who opens, esp the player who makes the first bid or play
the first or opening section or episode in a series
(US) the first song, act, etc, in a variety show
(pl) a start; beginning (esp in the phrase for openers)
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Word Origin and History for opener

"one who opens," Old English openere, agent noun from open (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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can-opener, eye-opener

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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