Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dramatic soliloquy.
  • n. A literary composition in the form of a soliloquy.
  • n. A continuous series of jokes or comic stories delivered by one comedian.
  • n. A long speech made by one person, often monopolizing a conversation.
  • intransitive v. To give or perform a monologue.
  • transitive v. To address a monologue to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of art that consist of soliloquy, a long speech by one person.
  • n. A long series of comic stories and jokes as an entertainment.
  • n. A long, uninterrupted utterance that monopolizes a conversation.
  • v. To deliver a monologue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A speech uttered by a person alone; soliloquy; also, talk or discourse in company, in the strain of a soliloquy.
  • n. A dramatic composition for a single performer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who does all the talking.
  • n. That which is spoken by one person alone.
  • n. A long speech or harangue uttered by one person, especially in the course of a conversation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor
  • n. speech you make to yourself
  • n. a long utterance by one person (especially one that prevents others from participating in the conversation)

Etymologies

French : Greek mono-, mono- + Greek -logos, -logue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Circa 1550, from circa 1500 Middle French monologue, modeled on dialogue, ultimately from Ancient Greek or via Byzantine Greek μονόλογος (monologos, "speaking alone") (Wiktionary)

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