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Topic: LITERATURE

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin prologus 'first part of a play', from Greek, from pro- 'before' + legein 'to speak'

prologue

noun
     
pro‧logue [countable usually singular]
1AL the introduction to a play, a long poem etc [↪ epilogue]
2 literary an act or event that leads to a more important event
prologue to
a prologue to the final abandonment of trams in London
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