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(also monolog)
  • 1A long speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program.

    ‘he was reciting some of the great monologues of Shakespeare’
    • ‘he had a long and exacting monologue at the end of the film’
    • ‘The play starts off with an actor rehearsing a monologue for an acting competition.’
    • ‘The lights would rise on each musician as they had their solos, like theatrical monologues, then fade back into the darkness.’
    • ‘I was wondering if you have written anything you feel would be appropriate as a theatrical monologue.’
    • ‘The actors conceived and workshopped their own monologues, creating a well integrated show despite the diverse subject matter.’
    • ‘He does more with an eyebrow and a nod than most actors do with full monologues.’
    • ‘Moore starts the case against Clark in the opening monologue of the film.’
    • ‘Aspiring movie stars in this crazy city are already rehearsing his final courtroom speech as an audition monologue.’
    • ‘The acting is not always up to the high musical standard, and at times the monologues are almost inaudible beneath the band's volume.’
    • ‘In a lot of scenes I come on and do these very brief, very tense monologues, and go off, each time to the point of breakdown.’
    • ‘This lends a surreal tone to proceedings, especially during Matilda's monologues about herself and family.’
    • ‘These devices are also used as linking pieces between monologues, and help give the production a unified feel.’
    • ‘The best bits of writing here are the monologues that have a truth and emotional sting about them - something much of the play lacks.’
    • ‘In the first of three monologues we meet Andy, parking meter engineer with a very strange family.’
    • ‘It is obviously not a play and, like its predecessor, it is a loosely knit series of monologues on birth and motherhood.’
    • ‘I could cut a few monologues, but the parts that don't advance the story are the funniest ones.’
    • ‘Lindsay also writes several dramatic monologues for cab drivers, gardeners, or barely disguised versions of his working self.’
    • ‘Delivering the monologues are six actresses, each portraying a different type of mother.’
    • ‘Carson would then perform a comic monologue which would end with an imaginary golf swing.’
    • ‘And in early drafts there were long first-person monologues from Jonah's point of view.’
    • ‘Weaving history with poetry, music and drama, ten actors each recite an eight-minute monologue.’
    soliloquy, speech, address, lecture, oration, sermon, homily
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    1. 1.1A long, tedious speech by one person during a conversation.
      ‘Fred carried on with his monologue as if I hadn't spoken’
      • ‘However, I find conversations more interesting than monologues.’
      • ‘Naturally, because I was talking to him in my head, the whole conversation was a monologue, and it was all about me.’
      • ‘The brother entered into a monologue, the sort-of conversation that I had had with him a couple of weeks ago.’
      • ‘He can't tell the difference between a conversation and a monologue.’
      • ‘We were going to see a two-way conversation replace a one-way monologue.’
      • ‘Finished with her tedious monologue, she started dividing us up into work groups.’
      • ‘At a meeting to discuss the takeover, he delivered a two-hour monologue: all because some doubting voices were raised over the price being offered.’
      • ‘The group discussion had ceased and the whacko had finished his ranting monologue on all the multiple talents of the doctor.’
      • ‘Shug has no material prepared, but launches into a rambling monologue about his journey to the class.’
      • ‘His evenings were devoted to a small circle of cronies to whom he delivered monologues on any subject that caught his fancy.’



/ˈmänəˌlôɡ/ /ˈmɑnəˌlɔɡ/ /ˈmänəˌläɡ/ /ˈmɑnəˌlɑɡ/


Mid 16th century from French, from mono- + -logue.