What does dialogue mean?

Definitions for dialogue
ˈdaɪ əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒgdi·a·logue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dialogue, dialog, duologuenoun

    a conversation between two persons

  2. dialogue, dialognoun

    the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction

  3. dialogue, dialognoun

    a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people

    "he has read Plato's Dialogues in the original Greek"

  4. negotiation, dialogue, talksnoun

    a discussion intended to produce an agreement

    "the buyout negotiation lasted several days"; "they disagreed but kept an open dialogue"; "talks between Israelis and Palestinians"


  1. dialoguenoun

    A conversation or other form of discourse between two or more individuals.

    Bill and Melinda maintained a dialogue via email over the course of their long-distance relationship.

  2. dialoguenoun

    In a dramatic or literary presentation, the verbal parts of the script or text; the verbalizations of the actors or characters.

    The movie had great special effects, but the dialogue was lackluster.

  3. dialoguenoun

    A literary form, where the presentation resembles a conversation.

    A literary historian, she specialized in the dialogues of ancient Greek philosophers.

  4. dialoguenoun

    A dialogue box.

    Once the My Computer dialogue opens, select Local Disk (C:), then right click and scroll down.

  5. dialogueverb

    To discuss or negotiate so that all parties can reach an understanding.

    Pearson wanted to dialogue with his overseas counterparts about the new reporting requirements.

  6. Etymology: From διάλογος, from διά + λόγος, from διαλέγομαι, from διά + λέγειν.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DIALOGUEnoun

    A conference; a conversation between two or more, either real or feigned.

    Etymology: διὰλογος.

    Will you hear the dialogue that the two learned men have compiled in praise of the owl and cuckow? William Shakespeare.

    Oh, the impudence of this wicked sex! Lascivious dialogues are innocent with you. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    In easy dialogues is Fletcher’s praise;
    He mov’d the mind, but had not pow’r to raise. Dryden.

  2. To Dialogueverb

    To discourse with another; to confer.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Do’st dialogue with thy shadow? William Shakespeare, Timon.


  1. Dialogue

    Dialogue (sometimes spelled dialog in American English) is a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people, and a literary and theatrical form that depicts such an exchange. As a philosophical or didactic device, it is chiefly associated in the West with the Socratic dialogue as developed by Plato, but antecedents are also found in other traditions including Indian literature.


  1. dialogue

    Dialogue is a conversation between two or more individuals. In literature, drama, or movies, it refers to the written or spoken lines between characters. It serves as a method of communication and interaction which can reveal character details and advance the plot within a work of literature or performance. In a broader sense, it can also refer to any exchange of ideas or opinions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dialoguenoun

    a conversation between two or more persons; particularly, a formal conservation in theatrical performances or in scholastic exercises

  2. Dialoguenoun

    a written composition in which two or more persons are represented as conversing or reasoning on some topic; as, the Dialogues of Plato

  3. Dialogueverb

    to take part in a dialogue; to dialogize

  4. Dialogueverb

    to express as in dialogue

  5. Etymology: [OE. dialogue, L. dialogus, fr. Gr. , fr. to converse, dia` through + to speak: cf. F. dialogue. See Legend.]


  1. Dialogue

    Dialogue is a literary and theatrical form consisting of a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people. Its chief historical origins as narrative, philosophical or didactic device are to be found in classical Greek and Indian literature, in particular in the ancient art of rhetoric. While the dialogue was less important in the nineteenth century than it had been in the eighteenth, it was not extinct. The British author W.H. Mallock employed it successfully in his work "The New Republic," which was explicitly based on Plato's "Republic" and on the writings of Thomas Love Peacock. But the notion of dialogue reemerged in the cultural mainstream in the work of cultural critics such as Mikhail Bakhtin and Paulo Freire, theologians such as Martin Buber, as an existential palliative to counter atomization and social alienation in mass industrial society.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dialogue

    dī′a-log, n. conversation between two or more persons, esp. of a formal or imaginary nature.—v.i. and v.t. (Shak.) to put into dialogue form.—adjs. Dialog′ic, Dialogist′ic, -al (-loj-), in the form of a dialogue.—v.i. Dial′ogise (′oj-), to discourse in dialogue.—n. Dial′ogist (′oj-), a speaker in, or writer of, a dialogue. [Fr.,—L. dialogus—Gr. dialogos, a conversation—dialegesthai, to discourse.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dialogue' in Nouns Frequency: #1963

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dialogue in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dialogue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dialogue in a Sentence

  1. Franz Werfel:

    Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy.

  2. Bernadino Leon:

    So this dialogue should be based on respect. And we have agreed tonight that this respect will mean that the representatives from this house will be attending the dialogue considering themselves representatives of the GNC, but they will accept that these talks will have different views.

  3. Omar Zain al-Abideen:

    We will not dictate anything to the people. We want to create an atmosphere to manage a peaceful dialogue, today, we will hold a dialogue with the political entities to prepare a climate for dialogue.

  4. Jenna Fischer:

    Listen, I love a good dialogue. In fact, what I treasure most about our democracy is the dialogue we share with each other, through conversations, social media and the press. But part of having a dialogue involves listening and learning and admitting when you’re wrong, tweet deleted.

  5. Alfred Hitchcock:

    Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.

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