Definition of epilogue
1 : a concluding section that rounds out the design of a literary work
2a : a speech often in verse addressed to the audience by an actor at the end of a play; also : the actor speaking such an epilogueb : the final scene of a play that comments on or summarizes the main action
3 : the concluding section of a musical composition : coda
Recent Examples of epilogue from the Web
EPILOGUEIn July 2016, nine years after Paige Birgfeld went missing, Lester Ralph Jones went on trial for her murder.
The BET Awards was like that, but with seven epilogues.
And in the epilogue, 19 years later, although Harry himself seems to have finally decided that Snape was a hero and all Slytherins aren't bad, the rest of the Wizarding World has clearly fallen right back into the old bias.
But in the epilogue of latest film Cars 3, Lightning (voiced by Owen Wilson) is speeding around wearing a new coat of blue.
If Wershe is paroled by the movie's January release date, his journey will make for an interesting epilogue.
Professor emeritus Errol D. Jones, a founder of Boise State’s refugees studies minor, wrote the epilogue and guided the project as its academic editor.
But an obituary is an epilogue, the final story of a person’s life.
This vital documentary serves as background tale and epilogue to the first film, illuminating the origins of these musicians’ lives, rooted in the history of slavery, spanning Communist revolutions and political turmoil.
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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").
EPILOGUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of epilogue for English Language Learners
: a final section or speech after the main part of a book, play, or musical composition
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