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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.
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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Encyclopedia Article for dialogue

in its widest sense, the recorded conversation of two or more persons, especially as an element of drama or fiction. As a literary form, it is a carefully organized exposition, by means of invented conversation, of contrasting philosophical or intellectual attitudes. The oldest known dialogues are the Sicilian mimes, written in rhythmic prose by Sophron of Syracuse in the early 5th century BC. Although none of these has survived, Plato knew and admired them. But the form of philosophic dialogue that he perfected by 400 BC was sufficiently original to be an independent literary creation. With due attention to characterization and the dramatic situation from which the discussion arises, it develops dialectically the main tenets of Platonic philosophy. To Lucian in the 2nd century AD the dialogue owes a new tone and function. His influential Dialogues of the Dead, with their coolly satirical tone, inspired innumerable imitations in England and France during the 17th and 18th centuries, e.g., dialogues by the French writers Bernard de Fontenelle (1683) and Francois Fenelon (1700-12).

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