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[ep-uh-lawg, -log] /ˈɛp əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/
a concluding part added to a literary work, as a novel.
a speech, usually in verse, delivered by one of the actors after the conclusion of a play.
the person speaking this.
Also, epilog.
Origin of epilogue
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English epiloge < Latin epilogus < Greek epílogos peroration of a speech, equivalent to epi- epi- + lógos word Unabridged
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Examples from the web for epilogue
  • The short epilogue, however, is anti-climatic.
  • But there seems to be a happy epilogue to the story so far.
  • He divides his topic into ten chapters and an epilogue.
  • The few remaining songs in the performance feel like an epilogue.
  • Though he avoids judgments for much of the book, Anderson adds mild criticism to praise in his epilogue.
  • At first, Bragg planned to write about his stepson only in the prologue and epilogue.
  • Those who contunue through the sluggish beginning will be rewarded with a climactic conclusion and tidy epilogue.
  • In an epilogue, he tells how they fared.
  • Readers already familiar with the trilogy will find a few gems of insight, especially the epilogue on Tolkien's literary theory.
  • Smith's account of his family's wacky adventures in Baja features a new epilogue.
British Dictionary definitions for epilogue


  1. a speech, usually in verse, addressed to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
  2. the actor speaking this
a short postscript to any literary work, such as a brief description of the fates of the characters in a novel
(Brit) (esp formerly) the concluding programme of the day on a radio or television station, often having a religious content
Derived Forms
epilogist (ɪˈpɪlədʒɪst) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin epilogus, from Greek epilogos, from logos word, speech
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Word Origin and History for epilogue

early 15c., from Middle French epilogue (13c.), from Latin epilogus, from Greek epilogos "conclusion of a speech," from epi "upon, in addition" (see epi-) + logos "a speaking" (see lecture (n.)). Earliest English sense was theatrical.

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