- An introduction before a book begins is an example of a prologue.
- Riots caused by dissatisfaction with the government may be a prologue to a revolution.
- an introduction to a poem, play, etc.; esp., introductory lines spoken by a member of the cast before a dramatic performance
- the actor speaking such lines
- a preliminary act or course of action foreshadowing greater events
Origin of prologueMiddle English prologe from Middle French from Classical Latin prologus from Classical Greek prologos from pro-, before + logos, discourse: see pro- and logic
- An introduction or preface, especially a poem recited to introduce a play.
- An introduction or introductory chapter, as to a novel.
- An introductory act, event, or period.
Origin of prologueMiddle English prolog from Old French prologue from Latin prologus from Greek prologos pro- before ; see pro- 2. logos speech ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present prologues, present participle prologuing, simple past and past participle prologued)
From Old French, from Latin prologus, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÏŒÎ»Î¿Î³Î¿Ï‚ (prologos)