Definitions

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

  • n. A dialogue or conversation between two persons: "a reasonably well-constructed duologue for two experienced performers” ( Noel Coward).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conversation between two persons; dialogue.
  • n. A dramatic performance or piece in the form of a dialogue limited to two speakers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dialogue or piece spoken by two persons.

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

  • n. a part of the script in which the speaking roles are limited to two actors
  • n. a conversation between two persons

Etymologies

duo + (mono)logue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • - Egypt dialogue on democratization is really a "duologue" of two independent monologues, stemming from two very different political cultures, in which neither side is clearly listening to the other.

    Spero News

  • *** Speaking of tough nuts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival has imported Dublin's Gate Theatre revival of "Krapp's Last Tape," Samuel Beckett's hour-long 1958 "duologue" for an angry old writer John Hurt, made up to look like Beckett himself who listens to a tape recording of himself when young and can't stand what he hears.

    The End Of the Line

  • Not until the 1960s did the critics start to figure out that "Private Lives," his masterpiece, was something more than in his own ironically self-deprecating words "a reasonably well-constructed duologue for two experienced performers, with a couple of extra puppets thrown in to assist the plot and to provide contrast."

    When Coward's Amanda Turns Cougar

  • “I have to leave on a personal trip to Ethiopia, but I wanted to have this conversation now rather than later,” he says, then he turns off his phone, restores it in his pocket and lets me know that he is ready for our duologue.

    Marcus Samuelsson: An Ethiopian, From Sweden In Harlem «

  • Pretty amazing how much the dolls seemed to say without a single word of duologue.

    No Fat Clips!!! : Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free

  • The first is a duologue in which two men, 'A' and 'B', review the life of 'C', who is standing motionless, with his back to the audience, ready to jump out of the window.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • The second is also a duologue, but of a rather different kind, between two characters, a Reader and a Listener.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • The hollow spiral, as he knew from old experience, would bring down to his ears the slightest sound from above; and it now revealed to him the words of a duologue in progress at the summit of the tower.

    Two on a Tower

  • Swithin, in the room overhead, had suspended his calculations, for the duologue interested him.

    Two on a Tower

  • And for the rest there was toil and struggle, toil and struggle with a failing heart and dwindling courage, to sustain that dreary duologue.

    The History of Mr. Polly

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  • "They lunched slowly and meditatively, with mute intervals between rushes of talk; for, the spell once broken, they had much to say, and yet moments when saying became the mere accompaniment to long duologues of silence."
    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 19, 2009