Meaning of DIALOGUE in English

I. ˈdīəˌlȯg also -läg noun

also di·a·log “

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English dialoge, dialogue, from Old French, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos, from dialegesthai to converse, from dia- + legesthai, present middle infin. of legein to speak — more at legend

1. : a written composition in which two or more characters are represented as conversing or reasoning on some topic

the essay … is in the form of a dialogue between two philosophers — Times Literary Supplement



(1) : an instance of conversational exchange : talk 1b

he had just come from an angry dialogue with his quarrelsome neighbor

(2) : oral communication : conversation 3a(1)

pleasant dialogue improves any dinner

b. : an exchange of ideas and opinions ; especially : a serious colloquy conducted or presented to entertain or instruct

should be useful … in providing a genuine dialogue between the English and the American intelligentsia — Stephen Spender

— see duologue ; compare monologue

3. : the conversational element of literary or dramatic composition

dialogue in which each phrase fits and reveals a character perfectly — Stanislaus Joyce


a. obsolete : a musical composition for two or more alternating voices typically in question and answer form

b. : any musical arrangement suggestive of a conversation

the first movement, with its lovely initial dialogue between wind and strings — Cecil Gray

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

: to take part in a dialogue

transitive verb

: to express in dialogue

and dialogued for him what he would say — Shakespeare

III. noun

: a discussion between representatives of parties to a conflict that is aimed at resolution

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