Meaning of “prologue” in the English Dictionary

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"prologue" in British English

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prologuenoun

uk /ˈprəʊ.lɒɡ/ us /ˈproʊ.lɑːɡ/

[ C ] a part that comes at the beginning of a play, story, or long poem, often giving information about events that happened before the time when the play, story, or poem begins

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[ S ] literary a series of events that happen before the main event and are related to it:

informal A series of internal struggles was the prologue to full-scale civil war.

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

"prologue" in American English

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prologuenoun [ C ]

us /ˈproʊ·lɔɡ, -lɑɡ/

literature a part at the beginning of esp. a play, story, or long poem that introduces it:

The essay provides a prologue to the book.

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