Meaning of “dialogue” in the English Dictionary

"dialogue" in British English

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dialoguenoun [ C or U ]

US also dialog uk /ˈdaɪ.ə.lɒɡ/ us /ˈdaɪ.ə.lɑːɡ/

B2 conversation that is written for a book, play, or film:

The play contained some very snappy/witty dialogue.
Act Two begins with a short dialogue between father and son.

C2 formal talks between opposing countries, political groups, etc.:

The rebel leaders stated that they are willing to enter into dialogue with the government.
The two sides have at last begun to engage in a constructive dialogue.

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  • The actors struggled manfully with some of the worst lines of dialogue ever written.
  • The dialogue was unconvincing, partly because it was American actors trying to speak London English.
  • The dialogue sounded stilted and unnatural, perhaps because of the translation from the original Russian.
  • During certain scenes of the play there isn't any script and the actors just improvise the dialogue.
  • The two governments have agreed to engage in a comprehensive dialogue to resolve the problem.

(Definition of “dialogue” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dialogue" in American English

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dialoguenoun [ C/U ]

also dialog us /ˈdɑɪ·əˌlɔɡ, -ˌlɑɡ/

dialogue noun [ C/U ] (CONVERSATION)

literature conversation between the characters in a story, such as in a book or movie:

[ U ] Oscar Wilde’s plays are famous for their witty dialogue.

dialogue noun [ C/U ] (EXCHANGE OF OPINION)

a serious exchange of opinion, esp. among people or groups that disagree:

[ C ] We have held a number of meetings, and the dialogue is ongoing.

(Definition of “dialogue” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)