Definition of monologue in English:


Syllabification: mon·o·logue
Pronunciation: /ˈmänlˌôg, -ˌäg


  • 1A long speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program.
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    • The play starts off with an actor rehearsing a monologue for an acting competition.
    • The lights would rise on each musician as they had their solos, like theatrical monologues, then fade back into the darkness.
    • I was wondering if you have written anything you feel would be appropriate as a theatrical monologue.
  • 1.1A long and typically tedious speech by one person during a conversation: Fred carried on with his monologue as if I hadn’t spoken
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    • However, I find conversations more interesting than monologues.
    • Naturally, because I was talking to him in my head, the whole conversation was a monologue, and it was all about me.
    • The brother entered into a monologue, the sort-of conversation that I had had with him a couple of weeks ago.



Pronunciation: /ˌmänlˈäjik/
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  • By the end of the eighteenth-century, religious discourse was no longer clearly monologic, but more of a controlled dialogue.
  • The oration in the Menexenus, despite its monologic form, is thoroughly dialogical thanks to Socrates' parodic appropriation of the conventions of epitaphios logos.
  • Carnival is the feast of the people; carnival and the marketplace stand in marked contrast throughout the novel to the monologic authority of the serious governing class.


Pronunciation: /ˌmänlˈäjikəl/
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  • He reminds us how we need to avoid monological thinking that all actions must be non-violent.
  • How are we to understand such performances of meaning in view of our currently theory - driven monological and individualistic methods of research?
  • The ability to follow a monological narrative or argument from beginning to end seems to have been diminished, along with the habit and taste for reading.


Pronunciation: /məˈnäləjist/
(also -loguist) noun
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  • A talented actor and monologist, he has won critical acclaim for his one-man shows and diverse body of film work.
  • Jeremiah is as likeable as your average drunk monologist - amusing company as long as he sticks to anecdote and steers clear of personal prejudices.
  • I loved him because besides being a great monologist and the best straight man ever, he looked and reminded me of my father.


Pronunciation: /məˈnäləˌjīz/
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  • Equally, I have seen him swiftly clear a Brussels bar as he monologised on with interesting facts and oddities about his life and times in committee room 1156B of the European Parliament.
  • His interior monologizing can also serve to indicate distance rather than empathy.
  • Although the fool of the novel, Tessa calls into question the monologizing patriarchal tradition.


mid 17th century: from French, from Greek monologos 'speaking alone'.

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