- 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 monologue
We shake hands and he immediately begins a monologue about prison breaks and South America.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Gil took weeks to build a monologue, skillfully turning the words on their head.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
I never watch television," he says, then corrects himself: "Well, sometimes Carson's monologue.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Boylexe is a spin-off of a show about women in burlesque called Burlexe, which likewise mixes striptease, monologue, and song.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene
August 12, 2014
“Stephen Colbert is here, ladies and gentlemen,” Letterman said during his monologue.Stephen Colbert’s Groveling ‘Late Show’ Debut
April 23, 2014
Mame punctuates this monologue with a regular and excusable "My land!"The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
At last there was a lull in the monologue and I arose and said I must be going.City of Endless Night
I was shaving during this monologue of Mammy's, with my back to her.Southern Lights and Shadows
Conversation during the meal was, for the most part, a monologue by the captain.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
Still the only reply to his monologue was the chugging of the engine.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
- 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
Word Origin and History for monologue
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