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Prologue Definition

The introductory section of a poem or literary work. In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer employed a general prologue but also individual prologues e.g. The Franklin's Prologue and The Reeve's Prologue. See also epilogue.


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[n] an introduction to a play

Misc. Definitions

\Pro"logue\, n. [F., fr. L. prologus, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to say beforehand; ? before + ? to say. See {Logic}.]
1. The preface or introduction to a discourse, poem, or performance; as, the prologue of Chaucer's ``Canterbury Tales;'' esp., a discourse or poem spoken before a dramatic performance
2. One who delivers a prologue. [R.] --Shak.
\Pro"logue\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prologued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prologuing}.] To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue. [R.] --Shak.

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