Two women having a dialogue.
An example of dialogue is two people talking with one another.
- a talking together; conversation
- interchange and discussion of ideas, esp. when open and frank, as in seeking mutual understanding or harmony
- a literary work in the form of a conversation on a single topic
- the passages of talk in a play, story, etc.
Origin of dialogueMiddle English dialog from Old French dialogue from Classical Latin dialogus from Classical Greek dialogos from dialegesthai: see dialect
intransitive verb-·logued·, -·logu·ing
- a. A conversation between two or more people.b. A discussion of positions or beliefs, especially between groups to resolve a disagreement.
- a. Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative.b. The lines or passages in a script that are intended to be spoken.
- A literary work written in the form of a conversation: the dialogues of Plato.
- Music A composition or passage for two or more parts, suggestive of conversational interplay.
verbdi·a·logued, di·a·logu·ing, di·a·logues, or di·a·loged di·a·log·ing di·a·logs
Origin of dialogueMiddle English dialog from Old French dialogue from Latin dialogus from Greek dialogos conversation from dialegesthai to discuss ; see dialect .
Usage Note: Although use of the verb dialogue meaning “to engage in an exchange of views” is widespread, the Usage Panel has little affection for it. In our 2009 survey, 80 percent of the Panel rejected the sentence The department was remiss in not trying to dialogue with representatives of the community before hiring new officers. This represents some erosion of the 98 percent who rejected this example in 1988, but resistance is still very strong. A number of Panelists felt moved to comment on the ugliness or awkwardness of the construction.
- 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.
- 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.
- A literary form, where the presentation resembles a conversation.
- A literary historian, she specialized in the dialogues of ancient Greek philosophers.
- (computing) A dialogue box.
- Once the My Computer dialogue opens, select Local Disk (C:), then right click and scroll down.
(third-person singular simple present dialogues, present participle dialoguing, simple past and past participle dialogued)
From Old French dialoge (French dialogue), from Late Latin dialogus, from Ancient Greek διάλογος (dialogos, “conversation, discourse”), from διά (dia, “through, inter”) + λόγος (logos, “speech, oration, discourse”), from διαλέγομαι (dialegomai, “to converse”), from διά (dia) + λέγειν (legein, “to speak”).