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[dahy-uh-lawg, -log] /ˈdaɪ əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/
conversation between two or more persons.
the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.
an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.
a literary work in the form of a conversation:
a dialogue of Plato.
verb (used without object), dialogued, dialoguing.
to carry on a dialogue; converse.
to discuss areas of disagreement frankly in order to resolve them.
verb (used with object), dialogued, dialoguing.
to put into the form of a dialogue.
Also, dialog.
Origin of dialogue
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French dïalogue, Latin dialogus < Greek diálogos. See dia-, -logue
Related forms
dialoguer, noun
self-dialog, noun
self-dialogue, noun
underdialogue, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dialogue
  • This dialogue itself serves as evidence of the sort of rich conversation that was impossible a decade ago.
  • The exhibit considers how designers seek to enable a nonverbal dialogue through clever design.
  • The picture shows on a small screen and the technician can run it frame by frame as he listens to the dialogue.
  • Even if the generals do release her, they have made it abundantly clear that they are not interested in dialogue.
  • The dialogue has been heated, at times.
  • These disclosures are presented in a lively dialogue, in clear, simple English.
  • Loud voices in the country's political dialogue call for a change.
  • The writing is further marred by jarring transitions and wooden dialogue.
  • The dialogue was amusing and exhilarating.
  • If we think of a funny joke, we'll put it in, but the movies have no written dialogue.
British Dictionary definitions for dialogue


conversation between two or more people
an exchange of opinions on a particular subject; discussion
the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
a particular passage of conversation in a literary or dramatic work
a literary composition in the form of a dialogue
a political discussion between representatives of two nations or groups
verb (rare)
(transitive) to put into the form of a dialogue
(intransitive) to take part in a dialogue; converse
Derived Forms
dialogic (ˌdaɪəˈlɒdʒɪk) adjective
dialoguer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French dialoge, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos, from dialegesthai to converse; see dialect
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Word Origin and History for dialogue

early 13c., "literary work consisting of a conversation between two or more persons," from Old French dialoge, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos "conversation, dialogue," related to dialogesthai "converse," from dia- "across" (see dia-) + legein "speak" (see lecture (n.)).

Sense broadened to "a conversation" c.1400. Mistaken belief that it can only mean "conversation between two persons" is from confusion of dia- and di- (1). A word for "conversation between two persons" is the hybrid duologue (1864).

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