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noun di·a·logue \ˈdī-ə-ˌlg, -ˌläg\

: the things that are said by the characters in a story, movie, play, etc.

: a discussion or series of discussions that two groups or countries have in order to end a disagreement

: a conversation between two or more people

Full Definition of DIALOGUE

:  a written composition in which two or more characters are represented as conversing
a :  a conversation between two or more persons; also :  a similar exchange between a person and something else (as a computer)
b :  an exchange of ideas and opinions <organized a series of dialogues on human rights>
c :  a discussion between representatives of parties to a conflict that is aimed at resolution <a constructive dialogue between loggers and environmentalists>
:  the conversational element of literary or dramatic composition <very little dialogue in this film>
:  a musical composition for two or more parts suggestive of a conversation

Variants of DIALOGUE

di·a·logue also di·a·log \ˈdī-ə-ˌlg, -ˌläg\

Examples of DIALOGUE

  1. He is an expert at writing dialogue.
  2. There's very little dialogue in the film.
  3. The best part of the book is the clever dialogue.
  4. Students were asked to read dialogues from the play.
  5. The two sides involved in the labor dispute are trying to establish a dialogue.
  6. The two parties have been in constant dialogue with each other.

Origin of DIALOGUE

Middle English dialoge, from Anglo-French dialogue, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos, from dialegesthai to converse, from dia- + legein to speak — more at legend
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody



Definition of DIALOGUE

transitive verb
:  to express in dialogue
intransitive verb
:  to take part in a dialogue <managers dialoguing with employees>

First Known Use of DIALOGUE

DIALOG Defined for Kids


noun di·a·logue \ˈdī-ə-ˌlg\

Definition of DIALOGUE for Kids

:  conversation given in a written story or a play
:  a conversation between two or more people or groups <The dialogue helped avoid a fight.>

Variants of DIALOGUE

di·a·logue also di·a·log \ˈdī-ə-ˌlg\


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