- a preliminary discourse; a preface or introductory part of a discourse, poem, or novel.
- an introductory speech, often in verse, calling attention to the theme of a play.
- the actor or actress who delivers this.
- an introductory scene, preceding the first act of a play, opera, etc.
- any introductory proceeding, event, etc.: Appetizing delicacies were the prologue to a long dinner.
- to introduce with or as if with a prologue.
Origin of prologue
Synonyms for prologueSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for prologueprelude, foreword, opening, introduction, beginning, explanation, overture, prolegomenon, preamble, exordium, proem
Examples from the Web for prologue
Contemporary Examples of prologue
Here is a title that, in its prologue, tasks players with fighting a horde of angels on top of a moving jet.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie
October 24, 2014
“The past is prologue,” says a Democratic House leadership aide.Budget Deal on the Horizon?
December 6, 2013
It also features a scene that is shockingly reminiscent of the prologue in The Dark Knight Rises.‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Review: The Juggernaut Franchise Might Be Drying Up
November 12, 2013
These moves are positive, but if past is prologue, any real change could take years to enact.America’s One-Child Policy
July 17, 2013
But in a nation that has existed for more than 5,000 years, the past is more than a prologue.What Egyptians Really Want
July 3, 2013
Historical Examples of prologue
THE preface to a book serves the double purpose of prologue and epilogue.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
He had the past for his prologue, and the future for his epilogue.
A few words of explanation are necessary by way of prologue.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
The Prologue is printed in full by Malone, Variorum, iii, 79.Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
Here is a scene from it, the first after the Prologue, which would have been spoken by Odysseus.Helen Redeemed and Other Poems
often US prolog
- the prefatory lines introducing a play or speech
- the actor speaking these lines
- a preliminary act or event
- (in early opera)
- an introductory scene in which a narrator summarizes the main action of the work
- a brief independent play preceding the opera, esp one in honour of a patron
- (tr) to introduce or preface with or as if with a prologue