Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French : Greek mono-, mono- + Greek -logos, -logue.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Circa 1550, from circa 1500 Middle French monologue, modeled on dialogue, ultimately from Ancient Greek or via Byzantine Greek μονόλογος (monologos, "speaking alone")

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