Definition of opener in English:



  • 1usually with modifier A device for opening something, especially a container.

    ‘a tin opener’
    ‘a letter opener’
    • ‘The product range includes household knives, chef's knives, multiutility pieces with scissors, nail filers, bottle openers and butler knives.’
    • ‘Then he lunges at me, with tweezers, wire cutters, screwdrivers, bottle openers and scissors all snipping, whirring and snapping at me in perfect synchronicity.’
    • ‘And it's available in cans, so you don't have to worry about where to keep your bottle opener.’
    • ‘One's a mouth, one's a shark's tail bottle opener.’
    • ‘Any potential weapons, including nail scissors, letter openers and plastic knives, should not be placed in hand luggage, and passengers should allow extra time to check in.’
    • ‘He pulled the plastic bag containing the letter opener out of his jacket pocket.’
    • ‘You'll also find the requisite razor-sharp knife and bottle opener.’
    • ‘One East Yorkshire business snapped up a few hundred packs complete with bottle opener and glass as a festive present for clients and customers.’
    • ‘He's carrying a bottle of wine. He asks me if I have a bottle opener.’
    • ‘He almost scrabbled to open it - contemplated using a butter knife as a letter opener, but then the envelope yielded.’
    • ‘Airports have brought in increasingly stringent security checks, and are confiscating everything from nail files and bottle openers to knitting needles and knives.’
    • ‘Looking into the fountain pen jar, she found a letter opener.’
    • ‘My family has a picnic kit which includes knife, bottle opener, ‘cool bag’ and plastic plates and cups to make meals on beaches that bit nicer!’
    • ‘The Northern Star Literary Award, a hand-crafted pen, pencil and letter opener in a box of North Coast red cedar, will also be awarded for best entry overall.’
    • ‘He reached over to the end table where he kept a large ceramic coffee cup crammed with every sort of writing implement, assorted combs, scissors, letter openers and other junk.’
    • ‘There are pin boxes, jewel boxes, ornament holders, letter racks, pen stands, stationery holders, letter openers and pens, so there should be something to please every visitor who wants to go home with a keepsake.’
    • ‘Grabbing a razor sharp letter opener from the console table in the hallway she tears the envelope open and a small white card drops out into her hand.’
    • ‘But thousands of wireless devices, such as cordless phones, garage door openers and current Wi-Fi devices, operate in the unlicensed spectrum bands.’
    • ‘There's no bottle opener, he explains, because not many people round here drink beer.’
    • ‘I've had one letter opener seized, two Swiss army knives.’
    preliminary, overture, opening, preparation, introduction, start, beginning, curtain-raiser, lead-in, precursor, forerunner, harbinger, herald
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  • 2informal The first in a series of events, games, or actions.

    ‘Denver stuffed Buffalo 22–7 in the season opener’
    • ‘I enjoyed the episode but it didn't feel like a season opener.’
    • ‘But the touring team has already been written off once in this series opener, after the first day when they displayed all the signs of a side outgunned and outplayed.’
    • ‘The problem was not rectified for the season opener either, as starting goalie Carlo DiRienzo surrendered another four goals.’
    • ‘After a busy summer, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens are getting ready for their season opener, which, incidentally, is also a world premiere.’
    • ‘With a victory in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Crawford reinforced his standing as one of the premier truck competitors.’
    • ‘That tie will be played on Sunday, February 13 and will head six duels in the group stages of the NRC before the mouth-watering League Two opener against the Lions.’
    • ‘The stats section will debut following the season opener.’
    • ‘Bedford said in his side's last game against the Hurricanes in the season opener on April 3 the Bulls were defeated by three points, but that this time they hoped to pick up their first win.’
    • ‘Webster has endured three non-finishes this season but the only time Klaffenbock has beaten him when they have both finished a race was at the season opener in Valencia, in March.’
    • ‘Today is Toronto's Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees.’
    • ‘Rangers appear in no fit shape to tackle Porto at home in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.’
    • ‘In 1992 the Blue Jays won all four of their games by one-run, having dropped the series opener by just two.’
    • ‘After all the hype in the build-up to Friday night's opener, a series of extremely one-sided results on the weekend has taken away some of the Cup's momentum.’
    • ‘Making the All-Star team, standing on the mound for the fifth game of the playoffs, starting the season opener this year - it's all unbelievable.’
    • ‘Johnson has proven that his victory at the season opener was no fluke.’
    • ‘A total of 49 rookie passers have started season openers since 1948.’
    • ‘As the year's major league March 31 opener at Anaheim draws closer there is as yet no pay deal between the players and owners.’
    • ‘Tucker made another visit there the night before Toronto's playoff series opener against Ottawa.’
    • ‘With three game points for a win the next match this afternoon pits Warriors against Golden Hawks for second place, which would mean being closer to a home game post-season opener.’
    • ‘Perhaps only 5,000 of the announced crowd of 20,295 are in the ballpark for the start of the Rangers' series opener against the Devil Rays.’
    • ‘He began his pro career in 2001 with the Los Angeles Galaxy, starting the season opener after impressing in preseason.’
    • ‘He joined Rick Leach as the only quarterbacks in school history to start four season openers.’
    • ‘But even though Davies has earned the start for the season opener, this doesn't mean that Cowden won't be seeing the field.’
    • ‘Bulls fans will be praying for a bruising encounter tonight as Bradford travel to Knowsley Road in seven days time for the Super League opener.’
    • ‘At Firebird, the Nevada native defeated Las Vegas rider Leo Shaver in the Pacific Division's series opener.’
    • ‘Forney started the season opener but suffered a turf-toe injury and slowly had worked his way into a backup role behind Claridge.’
    • ‘Boulware lists his shoulder at 70 percent but still expects to start the season opener at Pittsburgh.’
    • ‘She's been at a New York Yankees' home opener game.’
    • ‘As for the game itself it certainly was a lively opener to the league campaign, and for much of the way it looked like it would be a winning one for us too.’
    • ‘With several races close, not every postseason team will have its best pitcher available to start the Division Series opener.’
    • ‘He has lost 14 players since this time last year, and signed only eight, but they travel to Dens Park for Saturday's Premier League opener against Dundee with no shortage of optimism.’
    • ‘Going into the Craftsman Truck Series opener on Valentine's Day at Daytona, it looked like rookie Randy Briggs would be the biggest winner.’
    • ‘When rookie SG Desmond Mason made his debut in the season opener, the Grizzlies went out of their way to go at him.’
    • ‘Yet, in Celtic's undoing by Barcelona in their Champions League opener on Tuesday, his uncomplicated style makes him an easy target, as much as an obvious target man.’
    • ‘Mario Edwards and Izell Reese, a four-year veteran, will enter camp as the starters, but no one knows who will start the season opener.’
    • ‘Slated to start the season opener at Baltimore on Sunday night, the right-hander threw 53 of his 84 pitches for strikes.’
    • ‘It is likely to be several weeks before it goes on sale to fans and it has not been confirmed which strip the club will take to the field in for tomorrow's League One opener at Hartlepool.’
    • ‘Sadly of that trio only Cusiter will start the championship opener against France, with the other two still injured, but if Scotland can produce players of this calibre and character then there is hope.’
    • ‘What's more, they repelled the Yankees in the 1942 World Series, winning four straight games after losing the opener.’
    preliminary, prelude, curtain-raiser, introduction, lead-in, precursor, forerunner, harbinger, herald, start, beginning
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    1. 2.1 The first goal in a match.
      ‘Bannister equalized after Armstrong's opener for Palace’
      • ‘However, play was a ding-dong battle with neither team able to make tactical offensive ploys in their quest for the goal opener.’
      • ‘Veteran defender Kenny Brannigan scored the opener in the 10th minute.’
      • ‘Paul Condron broke through the Villa defence, cross the ball into the box for Kevin Doyle to score the opener.’
      • ‘Ed Waterhouse bagged a hat-trick on Saturday, including a cracking opener after some incisive passing.’
      • ‘Grange took the lead on 15 minutes following good work by Niall Byrne who set up unmarked Paddy Byrne in the box to score the opener.’
      • ‘The South African also made a significant contribution in the build-up to two more of Vale's scores in an impressive opener.’
      • ‘There was not a midfielder - holding, sitting, call it what you like - to be seen when Harald Brattbakk peeled off to score his opener from a route one punt.’
      • ‘In fact it took Rangers until 40 minutes to score the opener, a free kick by Caillin Canning nested in the back of the Baltinglass net.’
      • ‘But although Dundee scored the opener in their first European away tie for 27 years, it is Sartid who now progress to meet German side 1860 Munich.’
      • ‘The Pikes' version notched two goals, his opener a mazy run of which his brother would have been proud to claim as his own.’
      • ‘Dailly missed most of last season with a knee injury, but returned in time to score the opener in Scotland's 2-0 World Cup win over Moldova last weekend.’
      • ‘From almost the same spot from which Sheppard scored the opener David McPherson unleashed a powerful shot, but keeper Lee Ward acrobatically tipped it round the post.’
      • ‘Luckily their team didn't let them down and once Michael Owen scored the opener we knew we were in for a good night - or at least those of us who had a flutter with Ladbrookes did!’
      • ‘Gordon Durie scored an early opener, and the team started well, but Eric Wynalda equalised and Cobi Jones scored a 72nd minute winner on the thick grass of the Willowbrook Stadium.’
      • ‘Baltinglass got off the mark when a corner kick found Declan Wall lurking on the edge of the box on five minutes, setting him up to score the opener.’
      • ‘The game had yet to find a rhythm by the time Celtic scored a fifth minute opener, but Mjallby's goal emphatically established the pattern for the rest of the afternoon.’
      • ‘The visitors' back-four dealt with anything the home forwards could produce, and it was no surprise when captain Michael Barker scored Hearts' opener.’
      • ‘The Blue Toons scored their opener in 24 minutes when defender Mark Simpson's miss-hit volley was headed into the net by Iain Stewart.’
      • ‘Reece Webb's opener was followed by goals from Niall Wals and Keann Shaw.’
      • ‘Great Britain took the lead in 38th minute with Goudie scoring the opener in 38th minute after Pakistani defenders cleared the ball quickly.’
      • ‘Chievo started in characteristic style launching a wave of attacks on the Roma goal and twice they went close to an early opener.’
      • ‘He also scored the opener in Milan's 3-1 win over Celtic on match day two.’
      • ‘Mark Nolan took a quick corner which went to Billy McDonald who in turn crossed to the far post for Kevin O'Neill to score the opener.’
      • ‘Noble assisted on Maher's opener, and then scored off a Maher assist.’
      • ‘Daryl Robson had scored Strensall's opener with Tom Shaughnessy replying for Bridge.’
      • ‘Ryan Green fired home the opener for the Buckie, but Frannie More made the score level before half-time.’
      • ‘East Fife took the lead in the 28th minute when Keith Gibson picked the ball up inside the Queens half and with the help of a deflection off Tony Quinn, scored the opener from 35 yards.’
      • ‘Happy Mudahar scored the opener with a deflected free-kick just before half-time.’
      • ‘Eight minutes after Thompson's opener, Ian Wright scored an equaliser after being put through by the elegant Dennis Bergkamp.’
      • ‘At this stage Castle must have been confident of holding out until half time, however, James Ryan beat the advancing Dermot Ingram to score the opener in the 42nd minute.’
      • ‘Glasgow's Steven Duffy scores his side's opener against Sonians at Anniesland to take Hawks a step closer to the league title and maintaining unbeaten record.’
      • ‘After settling down, St Lucia took their strides more purposefully, with the crowd spurring them on for a goal opener.’
      • ‘The Eagles returned from the home of the league leaders with a well-earned point after a Julian Gray goal cancelled out an opener by Pompey's former England international Paul Merson.’
      • ‘Arbroath were denied an opener 12 minutes into the match when George Rowe netted after picking up the rebound when Bayne hit the left post, only to have his effort ruled offside.’
      • ‘However, Galway scored the opener with two minutes of first half action remaining.’
      • ‘Having scored a superb opener, Dargo spurned the easiest of opportunities in the 23rd minute.’
      • ‘Sodje scored the opener after 22 minutes but the Ryman Division One team drew level 12 minutes later through Rob Haworth.’
      • ‘Even better when those adversaries are also your former employers, according to Hartley, who added to his 27th minute opener with a converted penalty in the 43rd minute.’
      • ‘Although the Maroons dominated, 75 minutes of the match had to elapse before the opener finally came.’
      • ‘Eventually Belmount got a lucky break in the box to score the opener to leave Clonaslee frustrated at the break.’
    2. 2.2 A remark used as an excuse to initiate a conversation.
      ‘we blurted out the obvious opener’
      • ‘The posters round here tend to respond better to more detailed conversational openers than to one-liner posts.’
      • ‘Start with family and friends; it makes a great opener to a conversation at a social gathering!’
      • ‘My response to his question was sort of a conversation opener and an ender.’
      • ‘My store of conversational openers seems thoroughly inadequate to the task.’
      • ‘It had been impossible to sleep after that, however, and I'd lain in bed all night, rehearsing possible conversation openers, and wondering what I was going to wear.’
      • ‘Sitting down beside him, Brenna wracked her brain for a conversation opener.’
    3. 2.3Cricket A batsman who opens the batting.
      • ‘Which isn't to say he is any less potent; his ability to dismiss top-class batsmen and high-class openers is unquestionable.’
      • ‘Following the fall of the openers, the batsmen dropped at an alarming rate.’
      • ‘The main issues to be resolved are the batting order, especially the openers and the identity of the allrounders.’
      • ‘No matter what their decisions, Lancashire must recruit at least one top-class batsman, preferably an opener, and possibly two.’
      • ‘He was also goalie for the White Lion on Sundays for a few seasons and played cricket as a batsman, usually an opener.’
    4. 2.4Bridge The player who makes the first bid in the auction.


  • for openers

    • informal To start with; first of all.

      ‘for openers we chose lobster’
      • ‘It blasts away for openers - not for the first time - with the overture from Rossini's otherwise neglected opera The Thieving Magpie.’
      • ‘Operators, who chose not to speak for attribution, say the Boyz and Girlz situation is exceptional because, for openers, they were priced as analog services at 17 cents per subscriber.’
      • ‘First, for openers, we thank Harry Belafonte for giving us this time exclusively.’
      • ‘Well, for openers, I told him, you never know exactly what you're getting until you acquire the company.’
      • ‘Lynne was more adventurous and went for the pheasant like a shot, and pate for openers.’
      • ‘Here, for openers, are the transcripts of what Naughton's had to say on his program.’
      • ‘A silly subterfuge, I know, but it's the best I can do for openers.’
      • ‘‘Big’ is relative to water and experience, but for seasoned hands on the major reservoirs and well-managed private lakes, 8 pounds sounds about right for openers.’
      • ‘I think for openers, the president and the vice president ought to put the records out in terms of what they have done and not done as it relates to corporate wrongdoing.’
      • ‘If these interests get their way, the losers will be innovators, technologists and business users, for openers and - more importantly - legions of consumers and citizens who make up the Internet community.’