Narrative vs Dialogue - What's the difference?

narrative | dialogue |

As an adjective narrative

is telling a story.

As a noun narrative

is the systematic recitation of an event or series of events.

As a verb dialogue is





(en adjective)
  • Telling a story.
  • Overly talkative; garrulous.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) (Alexander Pope)
  • But wise through time, and narrative with age.
  • Of or relating to narration.
  • the narrative thrust of a film


    (en noun)
  • The systematic recitation of an event or series of events.
  • That which is narrated.
  • A representation of an event or story.
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  • Derived terms

    * antenarrative * antinarrative * metanarrative



    Alternative forms

    * (US and computing) dialog


    (en noun)
  • A conversation or other form of discourse between two or more individuals.
  • Bill and Melinda maintained a dialogue via email over the course of their long-distance relationship.
  • * 2013 , Paul Harris, Lance Armstrong faces multi-million dollar legal challenges after confession'' (in ''The Guardian , 19 January 2013)[]
  • The hours of dialogue with Winfrey, which culminated in a choked-up moment on Friday night as he discussed the impact of his cheating on his family, appear to have failed to give Armstrong the redemption that he craves.
  • In a dramatic or literary presentation, the verbal parts of the script or text; the verbalizations of the actors or characters.
  • The movie had great special effects, but the dialogue was lackluster.
  • A literary form, where the presentation resembles a conversation.
  • A literary historian, she specialized in the dialogues of ancient Greek philosophers.
  • (computing) A dialogue box.
  • Once the My Computer dialogue opens, select Local Disk (C:), then right click and scroll down.


    * introspection * monologue * multilogue

    Derived terms

    ( conversation or other form of discourse between two or more individuals) * dialogic * dialogical * dialogically * dialogism * dialogist * dialogistic * dialogistically * dialogize * modal dialogue


  • (informal, business) To discuss or negotiate so that all parties can reach an understanding.
  • Pearson wanted to dialogue with his overseas counterparts about the new reporting requirements.
  • (obsolete) To take part in a dialogue; to dialogize.
  • (Shakespeare)