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.
- 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 of epilogueMiddle 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 + legein, to say, speak: see logic
- 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 .
- An event which reflects meaningfully on a recently ended conflict or struggle.
Origin of epilogueMiddle 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.