or di·a·log

[ dahy-uh-lawg, -log ]
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  1. conversation between two or more persons.

  2. the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.

  1. an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.

  2. a literary work in the form of a conversation: a dialogue of Plato.

verb (used without object),di·a·logued, di·a·logu·ing.
  1. to carry on a dialogue; converse.

  2. to discuss areas of disagreement frankly in order to resolve them.

verb (used with object),di·a·logued, di·a·logu·ing.
  1. to put into the form of a dialogue.

Origin of dialogue

1175–1225; Middle English <Old French dïalogue,Latin dialogus<Greek diálogos.See dia-, -logue

Other words from dialogue

  • di·a·logu·er, noun
  • self-di·a·log, noun
  • self-di·a·logue, noun
  • un·der·di·a·logue, noun

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How to use dialogue in a sentence

  • Narrative sentences followed by quoted dialog sometimes end with commas rather than with periods.

    The Wasted Generation | Owen Johnson
  • With minor variations in the dialog, and with longer and more frequent silences, it almost followed the Wednesday night script.

    The Fourth R | George Oliver Smith
  • However, that is a matter of no consequence, as we are both familiar with the dialog—, or rather the service.

  • Your speech is not a monolog, but a dialog, in which you are the speaker, and the auditor a silent tho questioning listener.

    Model Speeches for Practise | Grenville Kleiser

British Dictionary definitions for dialogue


often US dialog

/ (ˈdaɪəˌlɒɡ) /

  1. conversation between two or more people

  2. an exchange of opinions on a particular subject; discussion

  1. the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction

  2. a particular passage of conversation in a literary or dramatic work

  3. a literary composition in the form of a dialogue

  4. a political discussion between representatives of two nations or groups

  1. (tr) to put into the form of a dialogue

  2. (intr) to take part in a dialogue; converse

Origin of dialogue

C13: from Old French dialoge, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos, from dialegesthai to converse; see dialect

Derived forms of dialogue

  • dialogic (ˌdaɪəˈlɒdʒɪk), adjective
  • dialoguer, noun

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