Meaning of prologue

pro•logue

Pronunciation: (prō'lôg, -log), [key]
— n., v., -logued, -logu•ing.
—n.
  1. a preliminary discourse; a preface or introductory part of a discourse, poem, or novel.
  2. an introductory speech, often in verse, calling attention to the theme of a play.
  3. the actor or actress who delivers this.
  4. an introductory scene, preceding the first act of a play, opera, etc.
  5. any introductory proceeding, event, etc.: Appetizing delicacies were the prologue to a long dinner.
—v.t.
  1. to introduce with or as if with a prologue.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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