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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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Examples from the web for opener
  • The real eye-opener is a long-term series including older teenagers.
  • The offending first draft was something of an eye-opener.
  • Also the concept of using postpositions rather than prepositions was an eye-opener.
  • There's no reason for journalists to keep going back to the well for the same opener.
  • It was an eye-opener, with virtuoso dis-plays of color at every turn.
  • Yes please spend more and more money looking for a glorified can opener that has outlived its use.
  • Speaking of beer, there's a bottle opener on the strap.
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  • And should you zoom during filming, you're treated to a grinding sound reminiscent of a faulty can-opener.
  • To open, a hole had to be punched in the top with the sharp end of a church-key style opener.
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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Related Terms

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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