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[mon-uh-lawg, -log] /ˈmɒn əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/
a form of dramatic entertainment, comedic solo, or the like by a single speaker:
a comedian's monologue.
a prolonged talk or discourse by a single speaker, especially one dominating or monopolizing a conversation.
any composition, as a poem, in which a single person speaks alone.
a part of a drama in which a single actor speaks alone; soliloquy.
Also, monolog.
1615-25; < French, on the model of dialogue dialogue; compare Greek monólogos speaking alone
Related forms
[mon-uh-loj-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
monological, adjective
[mon-uh-law-gist, -log-ist, muh-nol-uh-jist] /ˈmɒn əˌlɔ gɪst, -ˌlɒg ɪst, məˈnɒl ə dʒɪst/ (Show IPA),
[mon-uh-law-gist, -log-ist] /ˈmɒn əˌlɔ gɪst, -ˌlɒg ɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monologues
  • Hearing monologues and dialogues, however, did not significantly reduce performance on the same tasks.
  • To watch it in progress, succeeding and failing in about equal measure, watch late night talk show monologues.
  • His monologues are spoken in a vacuum with no one around to correct mistakes or ask questions.
  • In both sets of images, the areas of my cortex devoted to language lit up during my inner monologues.
  • Twitter broadcasts our internal monologues to the world.
  • No more sets made out of cereal boxes and aluminum foil, no more waffling monologues and congealed fancies.
  • These monologues are often more interesting than the films they superintend.
  • Often his monologues had paradoxical emotional and sensory effects upon audiences.
  • All you are promoting is a forum of one-sided monologues that simply address what each side wants to hear.
  • Four characters will appear in appropriate exhibits at each museum, giving brief monologues and interacting with guests.
British Dictionary definitions for monologues


a long speech made by one actor in a play, film, etc, esp when alone
a dramatic piece for a single performer
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 monologues



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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for monologues


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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