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See also: prologué
prologue (plural prologues)
- A speech or section used as an introduction, especially to a play or novel.
- 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, in 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.
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, “the prologue”:
- And hither am I come, / A Prologue arm’d, but not in confidence / Of Authors pen, or Actors voyce;
- (computing) A component of a computer program that prepares the computer to execute a routine.
- (cycling) An individual time trial before a stage race, used to determine which rider wears the leader's jersey on the first stage.
speech or section used as an introduction, especially to a play or novel
- To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue.
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (Second Quarto), London: […] I[ames] R[oberts] for N[icholas] L[ing] […], published 1604, OCLC 760858814, [Act I, scene i]:
- […] harbindgers preceading ſtill the fates
and prologue to the Omen comming on […]
prologue m (plural prologues)
- “prologue”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.