- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
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“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
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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
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
C13: from Latin prologus, from Greek prologos, from pro- ² + logos discourse
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Word Origin and History for prologue
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