prologue

play
noun pro·logue \ ˈprō-ˌlȯg , -ˌläg \
variants: or less commonly prolog

Definition of prologue

1 :the preface or introduction to a literary work
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 :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

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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

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

prologue Synonyms


PROLOGUE Defined for English Language Learners

prologue

play
noun

Definition of prologue for English Language Learners

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



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