American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. A speech or section used as an introduction, especially to a play or novel.
- n. computing A component of a computer program that prepares the computer to execute a routine.
- v. To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The preface or introduction to a discourse, poem, or performance; esp., a discourse or poem spoken before a dramatic performance.
- n. rare One who delivers a prologue.
- v. rare To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue.
- n. an introduction to a play
- From Old French, from Latin prologus, from Ancient Greek πρόλογος (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Here is the result: Langbaine calls attention to the prologue in question as an _excellent prologue_, and”
“Lully, at the close of a bad prologue said, the word _fin du prologue_ was an _erratum_, it should have been _fi du prologue_!”
“If your prologue is the length of a chapter, step back and ask yourself why.”
“If the prologue is a better hook, then you need to add it to the beginning right now.”
“This little bit commonly called the prologue is a gem of simplicity and compactness.”
“I think the prologue is going okay now, though, and I should have it done before I make myself eat lunch, and no, that doesn't mean I will not make myself eat if Carter starts balking again.”
“The prologue is written by the book's fictional editor, who had been Sarah's editor.”
“Mr. FOLLETT: Right at the start, that prologue is about a 13-year-old boy who begins his working life going down the pit at the age of 13.”
“From Robert McKee, author of ‘Story’: A prologue is a single event or sequence of events that has no direct cause or connection with the story.”
“After a routine beginning – rote character development a la decades of the horror tradition (a backstory prologue is hardly memorable by passable) – “Drag Me” pays off rather fast and in a large helping, in spite of its PG-13 rating.”
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