Definition of duologue in English:



  • A play or part of a play with speaking roles for only two actors.

    • ‘Jeff, who is a kidder, and William, who is superconscientious, engage in bizarrely dialectic duologues.’
    • ‘The performers will also tackle solo songs and duets, group numbers, character dances, duologues and slapstick.’
    • ‘In between, we get three deskbound duologues in which people jockey for status while revealing their essential solitude.’
    • ‘The new recruits, studying with Crooked House Theatre Company, will perform a series of scenes, monologues and duologues from diverse and interesting plays.’
    • ‘It could almost be a backstage comedy at the start, the second act is simply duologues and then we see the actual show.’
    • ‘The nave but essentially well-meaning Peter's interaction with his flawed clients formed the centre of the piece and much of the comedy sprung from the dynamic duologues.’
    • ‘One of his favourite forms is the duologue between partisans of lune and of soleil.’
    • ‘Hannah sneered, interrupting the poetic duologue that was taking place before us.’
    • ‘Participants have the choice of doing script work, monologue, duologue, small group script work or musical theatre.’
    • ‘Anyway, it occurs to me, this device of yours, using me to illustrate your internal monologue / duologue, could take you into some dangerous territory.’
    • ‘Genuine dialogue between religions, therefore, ought to be this duologue: between you and me, between you and your neighbor; it should be like a rainbow where we are never sure where one color begins and another ends.’
    • ‘The opposing sides in this duologue are represented by two female soprano voices portraying Beauty and Pleasure, and by two male altos, probably super - rather than sub-human castrati, who signify Time and Disillusion.’
    • ‘If the Premier League isn't to become another boring Glasgow duologue then clubs like Kilmarnock will have to butt in, and early.’
    • ‘Maybe we ought to write this duologue in Latin or Spanish.’


Mid 18th century from duo-, on the pattern of monologue.