Noun prelude has 2 senses
  1. preliminary, overture, prelude - something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
    --1 is a kind of origin, origination, inception
    Derived form: verb prelude1
  2. prelude - music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera
    --2 is a kind of
    --2 has particulars: chorale prelude
    Derived form: verb prelude2
,Verb prelude has 2 senses
  1. prelude - serve as a prelude or opening to
    --1 is one way to
    serve, function
    Derived form: noun prelude1
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
  2. prelude - play as a prelude
    --2 is one way to
    play, spiel
    Derived form: noun prelude2
    Sample sentence:
    They will prelude the duet