- 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
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Examples from the Web for monologist
The monologist best known for concocting parts of his Apple exposé named his new play ‘Yes All Women.’The Redemption of Fabulist Mike Daisey
June 20, 2014
Daisey is a monologist—he creates and performs theatrical monologues.The Conning of ‘This American Life’ Leads to an Embarrassing Retraction
March 17, 2012
At the dullest part in the monologist's offering, "Spider" let go all holds.
Looked at as a monologist he might pass if sufficiently interpolated with ah-le-ee!I, Mary MacLane
Lady Arthur is silenced, for she has not the slightest idea what a monologist is.A House-Party
But the oddest thing was this, that he could take as well as give; he could listen—surely a rare talent in a monologist.Grey Roses
As "Spider" lit, the monologist shouted: "There goes another old friend of Alf's."
- 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
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Word Origin and History for monologist
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