Definition of epilogue in English:

epilogue

(US epilog)

noun

  • A section or speech at the end of a book or play that serves as a comment on or a conclusion to what has happened.

    figurative ‘a disastrous epilogue to the rest of his career’
    • ‘That's taken me a week, and there are nine chapters and an epilogue to go.’
    • ‘Be sure to stick around for the epilogue to this episode.’
    • ‘In a way, it seemed like I was writing the epilogue to my life.’
    • ‘There is a two-part epilogue to these door to door exercises.’
    • ‘He extolled Shakespeare in many of the prologues and epilogues he wrote for new productions and new theatres, and his ‘Ode to Shakespeare’ proved the most enduring feature of his 1769 Stratford Jubilee and its subsequent London staging.’
    • ‘I always had an epilogue to the book, but originally it was my own epilogue.’
    • ‘I'm not sure how I feel about this chapter, but that's probably because there's only one more chapter and an epilogue to write.’
    • ‘I just have the epilogue to write and then the story will have officially have come to an end.’
    • ‘He leaves the house with the curse of his father, but in the epilogue to the play, his family accepts his decision.’
    • ‘I've also written an epilogue to this story… but I'll put that up later.’
    • ‘Just one chapter (after this) and an epilogue to go!’
    • ‘Goethe employs the fiction that an editor-figure publishes, with an epilogue, the authentic letters of a young man who commits suicide.’
    • ‘The epilogue to the film is surprisingly contemporary.’
    • ‘The book consists of fifty-eight poems in five sections with an epilogue.’
    • ‘There then was the widely-photographed epilogue to that story.’
    • ‘It's an awkward epilogue to an otherwise agreeable piece of fluff.’
    • ‘It serves as the epilogue to one of the theologically most profound writings of the New Testament.’
    • ‘This novel consists of three primary sections that are framed by a prologue and an epilogue.’
    • ‘Everything else is prologue and epilogue to that night.’
    • ‘Well, I've got seven more chapters and an epilogue to write.’
    afterword, postscript, ps, coda, codicil, appendix, tailpiece, supplement, addendum, postlude, rider, back matter
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Origin

Late Middle English: from French épilogue, via Latin from Greek epilogos, from epi ‘in addition’ + logos ‘speech’.

Pronunciation

epilogue

/ˈɛpɪlɒɡ/