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Definition of "epilogue" []

  • A short poem or speech spoken directly to the audience following the conclusion of a play. (noun)
  • The performer who delivers such a short poem or speech. (noun)
  • A short addition or concluding section at the end of a literary work, often dealing with the future of its characters. Also called afterword. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "epilogue" in a sentence
  • "Brief and direct, the epilogue is the strongest part of the book, because it reflects a principle too little in evidence elsewhere: Real tragedies are often so painful to read about that they are best served by understatement."
  • "Is that, like, an epilogue of the whole Twilight series or is it the epilogue from the original Forever Dawn or is it, Idk, a summary of Forever Dawn?"
  • "The epilogue is meant, along with the preface, to bookend Sarah Crowe's narrative, conveyed by the manuscript published after her death."