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
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.