- a preliminary discourse; a preface or introductory part of a discourse, poem, or novel.
- an introductory speech, often in verse, calling attention to the theme of a play.
- the actor or actress who delivers this.
- an introductory scene, preceding the first act of a play, opera, etc.
- any introductory proceeding, event, etc.: Appetizing delicacies were the prologue to a long dinner.
- to introduce with or as if with a prologue.
Origin of prologue
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5. preamble; beginning, opening; prelude.
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Examples from the Web for prolog
And first of the Prolog of the first fyndyng, and interpretacioun of the said Buke out of diuerse langagis, etc.The Buke of the Order of Knyghthood
The poem is relieved of all the episodes except the prolog and King Hrothgars discourse.
It will be found that only two of the episodes are passed without mention—the Prolog and the Tale of Thrytho.
- a computer programming language based on mathematical logic
C20: from pro (gramming in) log (ic)
often US prolog
- the prefatory lines introducing a play or speech
- the actor speaking these lines
- a preliminary act or event
- (in early opera)
- an introductory scene in which a narrator summarizes the main action of the work
- a brief independent play preceding the opera, esp one in honour of a patron
- (tr) to introduce or preface with or as if with a prologue
C13: from Latin prologus, from Greek prologos, from pro- ² + logos discourse
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Word Origin and History for prolog
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