from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short poem or speech spoken directly to the audience following the conclusion of a play.
- n. The performer who delivers such a short poem or speech.
- n. A short addition or concluding section at the end of a literary work, often dealing with the future of its characters. Also called afterword.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short speech, spoken directly at the audience at the end of a play
- n. The performer who gives this speech
- n. A brief oration or script at the end of a literary piece; an afterword
- n. A component of a computer program that prepares the computer to return from a routine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A speech or short poem addressed to the spectators and recited by one of the actors, after the conclusion of the play.
- n. The closing part of a discourse, in which the principal matters are recapitulated; a conclusion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, the conclusion or closing part of a discourse or oration; the peroration.
- n. In dramatic or narrative writing, a concluding address; a winding up of the subject; specifically, in spoken dramas, a closing piece or speech, usually in verse, addressed by one or more of the performers to the audience.
- To epilogize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
- n. a short passage added at the end of a literary work
Middle English epiloge, from Old French epilogue, from Latin epilogus, from Greek epilogos, conclusion of a speech : epi-, epi- + logos, word, speech; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French épilogue, from Latin epilogus, from Ancient Greek ἐπίλογος (epilogos, "a conclusion, peroration of a speech, epilogue of a play"), from ἐπιλέγειν (epilegein, "say in addition"), from ἐπί (epi, "in addition") + λέγειν (legein, "to say"). (Wiktionary)