- 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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Historical Examples of monologuist
- 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
Word Origin for monologue
C17: via French from Greek monologos speaking alone
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Word Origin and History for monologuist
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