noun so·lil·o·quy \sə-ˈli-lə-kwē\

: a long, usually serious speech that a character in a play makes to an audience and that reveals the character's thoughts

plural so·lil·o·quies

Full Definition of SOLILOQUY

:  the act of talking to oneself
:  a dramatic monologue that represents a series of unspoken reflections

Examples of SOLILOQUY

  1. But if it is hard for the theatergoer to catch all the meanings in Macbeth's rippling soliloquies, then how much harder is that task when Shakespeare seems unable or unwilling to unpack his obscurities. —James Wood, New Republic, 26 June 2000


Late Latin soliloquium, from Latin solus alone + loqui to speak
First Known Use: circa 1613

Other Performing Arts Terms

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

Rhymes with SOLILOQUY


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