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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.
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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  • The play is complete in itself and perfectly charming, nevertheless I ventured to add an epilog.

    Dr. Hardhack's Prescription Katharine McDowell Rice
British Dictionary definitions for epilog


  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 epilog



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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epilog in Technology

1. Extended Programming In LOGic. PROLOG with several AND's having different time constraints.
["Epilog: A Language for Extended Programming in Logic", A. Porto in Implementations of Prolog, J.A. Campbell ed, Ellis Horwood 1984].
2. A data-driven PROLOG, with both AND parallelism and OR parallelism. ["EPILOG = PROLOG + Data Flow", M.J. Wise, SIGPLAN Noices 17:80-86 (1982)].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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