- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for monological
The difficulty with monological activity is that it renders the hearer passive.
Nor does it follow that the dialogical principle forbids the use of the monological method.
- 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
C17: via French from Greek monologos speaking alone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for monological
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper