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



    (North American English also monolog) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒnəlɒɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːnəlɔːɡ//
    , NAmE//ˈmɑːnəlɑːɡ//
    Elements of a play, Film plots, Types of play
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  1. 1[countable] a long speech by one person during a conversation that stops other people from speaking or expressing an opinion He went into a long monologue about life in America.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] a long speech in a play, film/movie, etc. spoken by one actor, especially when alone See related entries: Elements of a play, Film plots
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a dramatic story, especially in verse, told or performed by one person a dramatic monologue See related entries: Types of play
  4. compare dialogue, soliloquy
    Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Greek monologos ‘speaking alone’.Extra examples She delivered her monologue in a deadpan voice. She launched into a long monologue about how wonderful the company was. an entertainer who does comic monologues
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