- The definition of an epilogue is something at the end of a play, movie or other creative work that provides a conclusion or commentary on what has occurred or come before.
The speech an actor gives at the end of a play summing up all the action that has happened before is an example of an epilogue.
epilogue definition by Webster's New World
- a closing section added to a novel, play, etc., providing further comment, interpretation, or information
- a short speech or poem spoken to the audience by one of the actors at the end of a play
- the actor or actors who speak this
Origin: Middle English epiloge ; from Old French epilogue ; from Classical Latin epilogus ; from Classical Greek epilogos, conclusion, epilogue ; from epilegein, to say in addition, add ; from epi-, upon plush legein, to say, speak: see logic
epilogue definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A short poem or speech spoken directly to the audience following the conclusion of a play.b. The performer who delivers such a short poem or speech.
- A short addition or concluding section at the end of a literary work, often dealing with the future of its characters. Also called afterword.
Origin: Middle English epiloge, from Old French epilogue, from Latin epilogus, from Greek epilogos, conclusion of a speech : epi-, epi- + logos, word, speech; see leg- in Indo-European roots.