or ep·i·log

[ 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

1375–1425; late Middle English epiloge < Latin epilogus < Greek epílogos peroration of a speech, equivalent to epi- epi- + lógos word
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British Dictionary definitions for epilogue

/ (ˈɛpɪˌlɒɡ) /


  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
British (esp formerly) the concluding programme of the day on a radio or television station, often having a religious content

Derived forms of epilogue

epilogist (ɪˈpɪlədʒɪst), noun

Word Origin for epilogue

C15: from Latin epilogus, from Greek epilogos, from logos word, speech
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