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prologue

noun pro·logue \ˈprō-ˌlȯg, -ˌläg\

Simple Definition of prologue

  • : an introduction to a book, play, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prologue

  1. 1 :  the preface or introduction to a literary work

  2. 2 a :  a speech often in verse addressed to the audience by an actor at the beginning of a play b :  the actor speaking such a prologue

  3. 3 :  an introductory or preceding event or development

Examples of prologue in a sentence

  1. the prologue to his autobiography

  2. <unfortunately, the burglary, which he committed while still a teen, was but a prologue to a wasted life of crime>



Variants of prologue

also prolog play \ˈprō-ˌlȯg, -ˌläg\

Origin of prologue

Middle English prolog, from Anglo-French prologue, from Latin prologus preface to a play, from Greek prologos part of a Greek play preceding the entry of the chorus, from pro- before + legein to speak — more at pro-, legend


First Known Use: 14th century



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