Definition of soliloquy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//səˈlɪləkwi//
; NAmE NAmE//səˈlɪləkwi//
[countable, uncountable] (pl. soliloquies) Elements of a play
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a speech in a play in which a character, who is alone on the stage, speaks his or her thoughts; the act of speaking thoughts in this way Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, ‘To be or not to be…’ the playwright’s use of soliloquy compare monologue Wordfindercomedy, denouement, dialogue, drama, dramatic irony, play, scene, set, soliloquy, speech See related entries: Elements of a play Word OriginMiddle English: from late Latin soliloquium, from Latin solus ‘alone’ + loqui ‘speak’.
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