prologue

Part of speech: noun

An introduction or preface, as to a poem.

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Usage examples "prologue":

  1. In his speech the prologue tells us that the author of the play is fond of the ancient custom of such an introduction, but not of the old purpose. - "A Second Book of Operas", Henry Edward Krehbiel.
  2. Hearts thumped and watches ticked off the time, until suddenly the heavens were racked by the prologue of the guns. - "The Last Shot", Frederick Palmer.
  3. Facing this problem, present- day dramatists, avoiding chorus, soliloquy, and lengthy description, have chosen to put such needed material into a division which, because it is preliminary, they have at will distinguished from the other acts as the Induction or more frequently the Prologue. - "Dramatic Technique", George Pierce Baker.