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prologue (plural prologues)
- A speech or section used as an introduction, especially to a play or novel.
1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Lisson Grove Mystery:
- “H'm !” he said, “so, so—it is a tragedy in a prologue and three acts. I am going down this afternoon to see the curtain fall for the third time on what [...] will prove a good burlesque ; but it all began dramatically enough. It was last Saturday […] that two boys, playing in the little spinney just outside Wembley Park Station, came across three large parcels done up in American cloth. […]”
- One who delivers a prologue.
- (computing) A component of a computer program that prepares the computer to execute a routine.
- (speech or section): epilogue
speech or section used as an introduction, especially to a play or novel
- To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- “prologue” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).