monologue

[mon-uh-lawg, -log]
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:
1615–25; < French, on the model of dialogue dialogue; compare Greek monólogos speaking alone

monologic [mon-uh-loj-ik] , monological, adjective
monologist [mon-uh-law-gist, -log-ist, muh-nol-uh-jist] , monologuist [mon-uh-law-gist, -log-ist] , noun
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monologue (ˈmɒnəˌlɒɡ)
 
n
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
 
[C17: via French from Greek monologos speaking alone]
 
 
monologic
 
adj
 
mono'logical
 
adj
 
monologist
 
n
 
monology
 
n

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monologue
1668, "long speech by one person," from Late Gk. monologos "speaking alone," from Gk. monos "single, alone" + logos "speech, word," from legein "to speak" (see lecture).
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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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Example sentences
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.
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