Prologue meaning

prō'lôg', -lŏg'
The definition of a prologue is something that comes before an introduction to a book or play, or may be an action or situation that leads to something else.

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.

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An introduction or preface, especially a poem recited to introduce a play.
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An introduction or introductory chapter, as to a novel.
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An introductory act, event, or period.
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An introduction to a poem, play, etc.; esp., introductory lines spoken by a member of the cast before a dramatic performance.
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The actor speaking such lines.
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A preliminary act or course of action foreshadowing greater events.
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A speech or section used as an introduction, especially to a play or novel.
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One who delivers a prologue.

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(computing) A component of a computer program that prepares the computer to execute a routine.
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To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue.

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Origin of prologue

  • Middle English prolog from Old French prologue from Latin prologus from Greek prologos pro- before pro–2 logos speech leg- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French, from Latin prologus, from Ancient Greek πρόλογος (prologos)
    From Wiktionary