Definition of preludial in US English:

preludial

adjective

  • See prelude

    • ‘A young Vixen, in this preludial scene played by a child, frisks in, startling a frog, who leaping to safety, lands on the forester's nose.’
    • ‘This forty-minute work's four-movement structure opens with a preludial, expository movement which presents the basic material.’
    • ‘If we could hear music only after an exhausting sequence of preludial actions I am sure it would suffer neglect.’

Pronunciation

preludial

/priˈlo͞odēəl/