mon·o·logue also mon·o·log (mŏnə-lôg′, -lŏg′)
a. A lengthy, uninterrupted speech by a single character, as in a play or novel.
b. A literary composition in monologue form.
2. A continuous series of jokes or comic stories delivered by one comedian.
3. A long speech made by one person, often monopolizing a conversation.
v. mon·o·logued, mon·o·logu·ing, mon·o·logues also mon·o·logged or mon·o·log·ging or mon·o·logs
To give or perform a monologue.
To address a monologue to.
[French : Greek mono-, mono- + Greek -logos, -logue.]
mon′o·logic (-lŏjĭk), mon′o·logi·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
mono·logu′ist (mŏnə-lôg′ĭst, -lŏg′-), mo·nolo·gist (mə-nŏlə-jĭst, mŏnə-lôg′ĭst, -lŏg′-) n.
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