What does prologue mean?

Definitions for prologueˈproʊ lɔg, -lɒg

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prologue(noun)

    an introduction to a play


  1. prologue(Noun)

    A speech or section used as an introduction, especially to a play or novel.

  2. prologue(Noun)

    A component of a computer program that prepares the computer to execute a routine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prologue(noun)

    the preface or introduction to a discourse, poem, or performance; as, the prologue of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales;" esp., a discourse or poem spoken before a dramatic performance

  2. Prologue(noun)

    one who delivers a prologue

  3. Prologue(verb)

    to introduce with a formal preface, or prologue

  4. Origin: [F., fr. L. prologus, fr. Gr. , fr. to say beforehand; before + to say. See Logic.]


  1. Prologue

    A prologue is an opening to a story that establishes the setting and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information. The Greek prologos included the modern meaning of prologue, but was of wider significance, more like the meaning of preface. In a book, the prologue is a part of the front matter which is in the on the facts related in the prologue. The importance, therefore, of the prologue in Greek drama was very great; it sometimes almost took the place of a romance, to which, or to an episode in which, the play itself succeeded. It is believed that the prologue in this form was practically the invention of Euripides, and with him, as has been said, it takes the place of an explanatory first act. This may help to modify the objection which criticism has often brought against the Greek prologue, as an impertinence, a useless growth prefixed to the play, and standing as a barrier between us and our enjoyment of it. The point precisely is that, to an Athenian audience, it was useful and pertinent, as supplying just what they needed to make the succeeding scenes intelligible. But it is difficult to accept the view that Euripides invented the plan of producing a god out of a machine to justify the action of deity upon man, because it is plain that he himself disliked this interference of the supernatural and did not believe in it. He seems, in such a typical prologue as that to the Hippolytus, to be accepting a conventional formula, and employing it, almost perversely, as a medium for his ironic rationalismo.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prologue

    prō′log, n. a preface: the introductory verses before a play: (Shak.) the speaker of a prologue.—v.t. to introduce with a prologue or preface.—v.i. Prō′logise, -uise, to deliver a prologue. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. prologospro, before, logos, speech.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prologue in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prologue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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