- a piece of music played at the start of an opera, a musical play, etc.
- something that is offered or suggested with the hope that it will start a relationship, lead to an agreement, etc.
- The government has made a significant peace overture by opening the door to negotiation.
- He was making (romantic/sexual) overtures to her during dinner.
- The company's board rejected overtures [=offers] for a merger.
- Experts feared that the tremor was an overture [=prelude] to a major earthquake.