Examples of prologue in a Sentence
the prologue to his autobiography
unfortunately, the burglary, which he committed while still a teen, was but a prologue to a wasted life of crime
Recent Examples of prologue from the Web
When the animated film hit theaters in July 2016, a thirty-minute prologue was added to the story.
Saturday Night Live‘s Kyle Mooney stars as James, established in the prologue as a young man who’s been raised in captivity but does not know it.
Macomber introduces readers in the prologue to the hard knocks of Shay’s life.
If past is prologue, drama from the health-care debate and new Russia revelations — reinforced by Trump tweets — will swamp the message.
And, if past is prologue, Trump and his senior advisers won't answer any of them.
Calipari has seemingly already answered that question in his long, illustrious career, but past is not always prologue.
And if past is prologue, the Navy will assess how human error on the part of either crew could have led to such a catastrophe, despite all of the radar and communication systems on board.
But at least Trump’s victory allowed Americans to worry a bit less about the Syrian conflict becoming the prologue to a hot war between Moscow and Washington.
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Did You Know?
In ancient Greek drama, the prologos (a word that means basically "speaking before") was the opening portion of the play, before the entry of the all-important chorus. It might be spoken by a single actor, maybe playing a god, who would "set the scene" for the audience. Playwrights today instead often provide the same kind of "scene-setting" information through dialogue near the play's beginning; in movies, it may appear (as in the "Star Wars" series) in the form of actual written text. In a nonfiction book, the lead-in is now usually called a preface or introduction; novels rarely provide any introduction at all. Still, prologue remains a useful word for nonliterary purposes. The saying "The past is prologue" tells us that, in real life, almost everything can be a prologue to what follows it.
Origin and Etymology of prologue
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymscurtain-raiser, overture, preamble, preliminary, prelude (also prolog), warm-up
Antonymsepilogue (also epilog)
Related Wordscountdown, run-up [chiefly British]; lead-in; kickoff, start
Near Antonymsenvoi (or envoy), postscript; aftermath; cessation, close, closing, conclusion, end, finale, finish, stop, termination
PROLOGUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prologue for English Language Learners
: an introduction to a book, play, etc.
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