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or mon·o·log

[mon-uh-lawg, -log]
  1. a form of dramatic entertainment, comedic solo, or the like by a single speaker: a comedian's monologue.
  2. a prolonged talk or discourse by a single speaker, especially one dominating or monopolizing a conversation.
  3. any composition, as a poem, in which a single person speaks alone.
  4. a part of a drama in which a single actor speaks alone; soliloquy.
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Origin of monologue

1615–25; < French, on the model of dialogue dialogue; compare Greek monólogos speaking alone
Related formsmon·o·log·ic [mon-uh-loj-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, mon·o·log·i·cal, adjectivemon·o·log·ist [mon-uh-law-gist, -log-ist, muh-nol-uh-jist] /ˈmɒn əˌlɔ gɪst, -ˌlɒg ɪst, məˈnɒl ə dʒɪst/, mon·o·logu·ist [mon-uh-law-gist, -log-ist] /ˈmɒn əˌlɔ gɪst, -ˌlɒg ɪst/, noun
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Examples from the Web for monological

Historical Examples of monological

  • The difficulty with monological activity is that it renders the hearer passive.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

  • Nor does it follow that the dialogical principle forbids the use of the monological method.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

British Dictionary definitions for monological


  1. a long speech made by one actor in a play, film, etc, esp when alone
  2. a dramatic piece for a single performer
  3. any long speech by one person, esp when interfering with conversation
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Derived Formsmonologic (ˌmɒnəˈlɒdʒɪk) or monological, adjectivemonologist (ˈmɒnəˌlɒɡɪst, məˈnɒləɡɪst), nounmonology (mɒˈnɒlədʒɪ), noun

Word Origin for monologue

C17: via French from Greek monologos speaking alone


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Word Origin and History for monological



1660s, "long speech by one person," from French monologue, from Late Greek monologos "speaking alone," from Greek monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + logos "speech, word," from legein "to speak" (see lecture (n.)).

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