epilogue

If you like to read the end of a book first, then maybe the epilogue is for you. The epilogue is a short piece that wraps up the end of a story.

The noun epilogue can also refer to the short speech at the end of a play that one of the characters speaks directly to the audience. In Shakespeare's play The Tempest, the epilogue is a 20-line monologue spoken by Prospero. Epilogue comes from the Greek word epilogus meaning the conclusion of a speech.

Definitions of epilogue
  1. noun
    a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
    synonyms: epilog
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    type of:
    close, closing, conclusion, end, ending
    the last section of a communication
  2. noun
    a short section added at the end of a literary work
    “the epilogue told what eventually happened to the main characters”
    synonyms: afterword, epilog
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    Antonyms:
    prologue
    an introductory section of a novel or other literary work
    type of:
    close, closing, conclusion, end, ending
    the last section of a communication
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