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1 a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play [syn: epilog]
2 a short passage added at the end of a literary work; "the epilogue told what eventually happened to the main characters" [syn: epilog]

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  • /'ep.ɪ.l.ɒg/


  1. A short speech, spoken directly at the audience at the end of a play
  2. The performer who gives this speech
  3. A brief oration or script at the end of a literary piece; an afterword


a short speech
  • Russian: эпилог
  • Serbian: pogovor
the performer who gives this speech
a brief oration or script at the end of a literary piece


Extensive Definition

This article is about the literary epilogue. See Epilogue (disambiguation) for other uses of "Epilogue" or "Epilog".
An epilogue, or epilog, is a piece of writing at the end of a work of literature or drama, usually used to bring closure to the work. The writer or the person may deliver a speech, speaking directly to the reader, when bringing the piece to a close, or the narration may continue normally to a closing scene.

In literature

Epilogues are short end chapters that reveal the fates of the characters. Some epilogues may feature scenes only tangentially related to the subject of the story. They can often suggest a sequel or take place a significant period of time after the main plot.

In film

In films, the final scenes may feature a montage of images or clips with a short explanation of what happens to the characters, as in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

See also

epilogue in Czech: Epilog
epilogue in French: Épilogue
epilogue in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Epilogo
epilogue in Icelandic: Eftirmáli
epilogue in Georgian: ეპილოგი
epilogue in Lithuanian: Epilogas
epilogue in Norwegian: Epilog
epilogue in Polish: Epilog (literatura)
epilogue in Russian: Эпилог
epilogue in Finnish: Epilogi
epilogue in Swedish: Epilog

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