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monologue

[mon-uh-lawg, -log] /ˈmɒn əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/
noun
1.
a form of dramatic entertainment, comedic solo, or the like by a single speaker:
a comedian's monologue.
2.
a prolonged talk or discourse by a single speaker, especially one dominating or monopolizing a conversation.
3.
any composition, as a poem, in which a single person speaks alone.
4.
a part of a drama in which a single actor speaks alone; soliloquy.
Also, monolog.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < French, on the model of dialogue dialogue; compare Greek monólogos speaking alone
Related forms
monologic
[mon-uh-loj-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
monological, adjective
monologist
[mon-uh-law-gist, -log-ist, muh-nol-uh-jist] /ˈmɒn əˌlɔ gɪst, -ˌlɒg ɪst, məˈnɒl ə dʒɪst/ (Show IPA),
monologuist
[mon-uh-law-gist, -log-ist] /ˈmɒn əˌlɔ gɪst, -ˌlɒg ɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the web for monologue
  • At least I know how to keep a good monologue going.
  • This was supposed to be a serious monologue.
  • They all have a little secret monologue going on, like we all do.
  • Sometimes you need to grit your teeth and just do a monologue.
  • But much of her counsel reads like a stand-up comic's scattershot monologue.
  • Your reply seems more like a monologue than an answer.
  • It is, at most, a kind of global inner monologue.
  • That is what we call in tragedy a monologue.
  • Take a step back, listen to the monologue and laugh.
  • In the first act, the actors present prepared monologues.
British Dictionary definitions for monologue

monologue

/ˈmɒnəˌlɒɡ/
noun
1.
a long speech made by one actor in a play, film, etc, esp when alone
2.
a dramatic piece for a single performer
3.
any long speech by one person, esp when interfering with conversation
Derived Forms
monologic (ˌmɒnəˈlɒdʒɪk), monological, adjective
monologist (ˈmɒnəˌlɒɡɪst; məˈnɒləɡɪst) noun
monology (mɒˈnɒlədʒɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: via French from Greek monologos speaking alone
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Word Origin and History for monologue
n.

1660s, "long speech by one person," from French monologue, from Late Greek monologos "speaking alone," from Greek monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + logos "speech, word," from legein "to speak" (see lecture (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for monologue

in literature and drama, an extended speech by one person. The term has several closely related meanings. A dramatic monologue (q.v.) is any speech of some duration addressed by a character to a second person. A soliloquy (q.v.) is a type of monologue in which a character directly addresses an audience or speaks his thoughts aloud while alone or while the other actors keep silent. In fictional literature, an interior monologue (q.v.) is a type of monologue that exhibits the thoughts, feelings, and associations passing through a character's mind.

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