from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An introduction or preface, especially a poem recited to introduce a play.
- n. An introduction or introductory chapter, as to a novel.
- n. An introductory act, event, or period.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A speech or section used as an introduction, especially to a play or novel.
- n. A component of a computer program that prepares the computer to execute a routine.
- v. To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The preface or introduction to a discourse, poem, or performance; esp., a discourse or poem spoken before a dramatic performance.
- n. One who delivers a prologue.
- transitive v. To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The preface or introduction to a discourse or performance; specifically, a discourse or poem spoken before a dramatic performance or play begins; hence, that which precedes or leads up to any act or event.
- n. The speaker of a prologue on the stage.
- n. Synonyms Preface, Preamble, etc. See introduction.
- To introduce with a formal prologue or preface; preface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an introduction to a play
Middle English prolog, from Old French prologue, from Latin prologus, from Greek prologos : pro-, before; see pro- + logos, speech.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin prologus, from Ancient Greek πρόλογος (Wiktionary)