Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

curtain raiser - definition and synonyms

Close
What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close
ThesaurusThesaurus
Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable]     curtain raiser pronunciation in American English
/ˈkɜrt(ə)nˌreɪzər/
Word Forms
Close
singularcurtain raiser
pluralcurtain raisers
  1. a short performance that is put on before a more important one
    1. a.
      an event that happens before a more important one, or an event that is the first in a series
quiz invitation
BuzzWord

Hamdog

a combination of a hotdog and a hamburger in a specially designed bread bun

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

conjugal

relating to marriage

Open Dictionary

patio diplomacy

high-level diplomats meeting and dining in an informal environment e.g. a party or club

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play