Ever see someone talking while alone on a stage? That's what you call a soliloquy — a speech made by a character in a drama as if that character is voicing their own private thoughts. Shakespeare's plays are full of soliloquies.

The noun soliloquy comes from the Latin roots solus ("alone") plus loqui ("speak") — so the word literally means "an act of speaking to oneself." A soliloquy is a dramatic speech that reveal's a character's inner thoughts and reflections. Some of the most famous lines in drama are taken from soliloquies. Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" speech is a soliloquy, for example.

Definitions of soliloquy
  1. noun
    speech you make to yourself
  2. noun
    a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
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    type of:
    actor's line, speech, words
    words making up the dialogue of a play
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