Definition of epilogue in English:

epilogue

(US epilog)

noun

  • 1A section or speech at the end of a book or play that serves as a comment on or a conclusion to what has happened.

    ‘the meaning of the book's title is revealed in the epilogue’
    • ‘He leaves the house with the curse of his father, but in the epilogue to the play, his family accepts his decision.’
    • ‘I just have the epilogue to write and then the story will have officially have come to an end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Goethe employs the fiction that an editor-figure publishes, with an epilogue, the authentic letters of a young man who commits suicide.’
    • ‘In a way, it seemed like I was writing the epilogue to my life.’
    • ‘Just one chapter (after this) and an epilogue to go!’
    • ‘I've also written an epilogue to this story… but I'll put that up later.’
    • ‘There is a two-part epilogue to these door to door exercises.’
    • ‘There then was the widely-photographed epilogue to that story.’
    • ‘The book consists of fifty-eight poems in five sections with an epilogue.’
    • ‘The epilogue to the film is surprisingly contemporary.’
    • ‘Well, I've got seven more chapters and an epilogue to write.’
    • ‘This novel consists of three primary sections that are framed by a prologue and an epilogue.’
    • ‘Be sure to stick around for the epilogue to this episode.’
    • ‘It's an awkward epilogue to an otherwise agreeable piece of fluff.’
    • ‘I always had an epilogue to the book, but originally it was my own epilogue.’
    • ‘Everything else is prologue and epilogue to that night.’
    • ‘It serves as the epilogue to one of the theologically most profound writings of the New Testament.’
    • ‘That's taken me a week, and there are nine chapters and an epilogue to go.’
    • ‘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.’
    afterword, postscript, ps, coda, codicil, appendix, tailpiece, supplement, addendum, postlude, rider, back matter
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    1. 1.1 A final or concluding act or event.
      ‘a disastrous epilogue to the rest of his career’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

epilogue

/ˈɛpɪlɒɡ/