Meaning of OPENER in English


/oh"peuh neuhr/ , n.

1. a person or thing that opens.

2. a device for opening sealed containers: can opener.

3. the first of several theatrical numbers, variety acts, sports events, etc.: a humorous monologue as an opener.

4. 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.

5. for openers , as an initially stated reason or argument; at the outset; to begin with: Well, for openers, I don't have the money.

[ 1540-50; OPEN + -ER 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .