or ep·i·log

[ep-uh-lawg, -log]
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  1. a concluding part added to a literary work, as a novel.
  2. a speech, usually in verse, delivered by one of the actors after the conclusion of a play.
  3. the person speaking this.

Origin of epilogue

1375–1425; late Middle English epiloge < Latin epilogus < Greek epílogos peroration of a speech, equivalent to epi- epi- + lógos word
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    1. a speech, usually in verse, addressed to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
    2. the actor speaking this
  1. a short postscript to any literary work, such as a brief description of the fates of the characters in a novel
  2. British (esp formerly) the concluding programme of the day on a radio or television station, often having a religious content
Derived Formsepilogist (ɪˈpɪlədʒɪst), noun

Word Origin for epilogue

C15: from Latin epilogus, from Greek epilogos, from logos word, speech
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Word Origin and History for epilogue

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.

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