Meaning of “epilogue” in the English Dictionary

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"epilogue" in British English

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epiloguenoun [ C ]

US also epilog uk /ˈep.ɪ.lɒɡ/ us /ˈep.ə.lɑːɡ/

Examples from literature

  • Already his fellow-playwrights deemed their success as fearfully uncertain, unless they had secured, price three guineas, a prologue or epilogue from the Laureate. 
  • The prologue and epilogue, without which in those times no gentleman's drama was accounted complete, was written, the former by Charles Lamb, the latter by the author himself. 
  • There is, however, an epilogue to this tale which cannot well be left untold. 
  • Why there should be an epilogue to a play I know no cause. 
  • With the exception of the prologue and epilogue the action of the piece takes place in a dream, and he took upon himself the invention of the most bizarre combinations. 

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

"epilogue" in American English

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epiloguenoun [ C ]

us /ˈep·əˌlɑɡ, -ˌlɔɡ/

literature a speech or piece of text added to the end of a play or book, often giving a short statement about what happens to the characters after the play or book finishes

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