AskDefine | Define monologue

Dictionary Definition



1 speech you make to yourself [syn: soliloquy]
2 a long utterance by one person (especially one that prevents others from participating in the conversation)
3 a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor

User Contributed Dictionary



(mono) single + (logos) tongue

Alternative spellings


  1. A type of art that consist of soliloquy, a long speech by one person.
  2. In the context of "comedy": A long series of comic stories and jokes as an entertainment.



a long speech by one person
  • Finnish: monologi, yksinpuhelu
  • Japanese: sc=Jpan
  • Russian: монолог
comedy: a long series of comic story|stories and jokes

See also


  1. To deliver a monologue



  1. monologue

Extensive Definition

A monologue is an extended, uninterrupted speech by a single person. The person may be speaking his or her thoughts aloud or directly addressing other persons, e.g. an audience, a character, or a reader.
As a literary device, it is most common in dramatic genres (plays, opera, animated cartoons, film) but can also be found in prose fiction. The term can also be applied to poems, which usually take the form of the thoughts or speech of a single individual. In everyday usage, a long, rather boring speech by a conversation partner is sometimes called a monologue as well.
The term 'dramatic monologue' is used both for monologues in plays and for a poetic genre.

Soliloquy / Dramatic Monologue (Theatre)




  • Jane Edwardes, The Faber Book of Monologues, Faber and Faber, 2005, ISBN 0571217648

External links

monologue in Arabic: مونولوج
monologue in Bosnian: Monolog
monologue in Bulgarian: Монолог
monologue in Czech: Monolog
monologue in Welsh: Ymson
monologue in German: Monolog
monologue in Spanish: Monólogo
monologue in Persian: تک‌گویی
monologue in French: Monologue
monologue in Galician: Soliloquio
monologue in Indonesian: Monolog
monologue in Italian: Monologo
monologue in Hebrew: מונולוג
monologue in Georgian: მონოლოგი
monologue in Kazakh: Монолог
monologue in Luxembourgish: Monolog
monologue in Dutch: Monoloog
monologue in Japanese: モノローグ
monologue in Norwegian: Monolog
monologue in Polish: Monolog
monologue in Portuguese: Monólogo
monologue in Russian: Монолог
monologue in Slovak: Monológ
monologue in Slovenian: Samogovor
monologue in Finnish: Monologi
monologue in Swedish: Monolog
monologue in Ukrainian: Монолог
monologue in Chinese: 獨角戲

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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