noun \ˈmä-nə-ˌlg, -ˌläg\

: a long speech given by a character in a story, movie, play, etc., or by a performer (such as a comedian)

: a long speech made by one person that prevents anyone else from talking

Full Definition of MONOLOGUE

a :  soliloquy 2
b :  a dramatic sketch performed by one actor
c :  the routine of a stand-up comic
:  a literary composition written in the form of a soliloquy
:  a long speech monopolizing conversation
mono·logu·ist \-ˌl-gist, -ˌlä-\ or mo·no·lo·gist \same or mə-ˈnä-lə-jist, -gist\ noun

Variants of MONOLOGUE

mono·logue also mono·log \ˈmä-nə-ˌlg, -ˌläg\

Examples of MONOLOGUE

  1. The play begins with the main character's monologue.
  2. The comedian is famous for his monologue about winning the lottery.
  3. I stifled a yawn as she launched into a monologue about how she is going to become a famous star.


Middle French monologue, from mon- + -logue
First Known Use: 1549

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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