monologue

or mon·o·log

[ mon-uh-lawg, -log ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg /

noun

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.

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Origin of monologue

1615–25; < French, on the model of dialogue dialogue; compare Greek monólogos speaking alone

OTHER WORDS FROM monologue

mon·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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Example sentences from the Web for monological

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

    Herein is Love|Reuel L. Howe
  • The difficulty with monological activity is that it renders the hearer passive.

    Herein is Love|Reuel L. Howe

British Dictionary definitions for monological

monologue
/ (ˈmɒnəˌlɒɡ) /

noun

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

Derived forms of monologue

monologic (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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