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epilogue

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noun ep·i·logue \ˈe-pə-ˌlȯg, -ˌläg\

Simple Definition of epilogue

  • : a final section or speech after the main part of a book, play, or musical composition

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of epilogue

  1. 1 :  a concluding section that rounds out the design of a literary work

  2. 2 a :  a speech often in verse addressed to the audience by an actor at the end of a play; also :  the actor speaking such an epilogue b :  the final scene of a play that comments on or summarizes the main action

  3. 3 :  the concluding section of a musical composition :  coda

Did You Know?

From its Greek roots, epilogue means basically "words attached (at the end)". An epilogue often somehow wraps up a story's action, as in the one for a famous Shakespeare play that ends, "For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo". In nonfiction books, we now often use the term afterword instead of epilogue, just as we now generally use foreword instead of prologue. Movies also often have a kind of epilogue--maybe a scene after the exciting climax when the surviving lovers meet in a café to talk about their future. The epilogue of a musical composition, after all the drama is over, is called the coda (Italian for "tail").

Variants of epilogue

also

epilog

Origin and Etymology of epilogue

Middle English epiloge, from Middle French epilogue, from Latin epilogus, from Greek epilogos, from epilegein to say in addition, from epi- + legein to say — more at legend


First Known Use: 15th century


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