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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.
Origin of monologue
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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  • At the dullest part in the monologist's offering, "Spider" let go all holds.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • Looked at as a monologist he might pass if sufficiently interpolated with ah-le-ee!

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • Lady Arthur is silenced, for she has not the slightest idea what a monologist is.

  • But the oddest thing was this, that he could take as well as give; he could listen—surely a rare talent in a monologist.

    Grey Roses

    Henry Harland
  • As "Spider" lit, the monologist shouted: "There goes another old friend of Alf's."

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • No one answered and Molly began to wonder how long this strange girl would endure the part of a monologist at college.

  • The audience grasped it and the monologist established a reputation for originality.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
British Dictionary definitions for monologist


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 monologist



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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