In Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the first definition of the word dialogue is as follows.

conversations in a book, play, or film/movie

In that specific dictionary, the phrase, a book, play, or film/movie is used a lot to describe many words' definitions.

As it seems that a book, play, or film/movie all share some quality in their nature, I've thought that the phrase can be substituted by other expressions.

What I came up with are as follows.

  1. conversations in art
  2. conversations in a piece of art or literature
  3. conversations in a produced content with imaginary characters in it

I would like to ask you how correct those are and ask for your guides.

2 Answers 2


Your suggestion are close, but might be misleading to a native speaker. Art, on its own, most usually means painting, drawing, sculpture and similar -- things which don't have dialogue. ("Conversations in art" could easily be understood as meaning Picasso and Matisse "conversing" through their paintings.) Produced content would not have a specific meaning without more context.

To includes novels, films and plays we would be much more likely to say

  • ... in a work of fiction
  • ... in any kind of fiction

You'll notice your original definition includes "book", which doesn't necessarily mean a work of fiction -- many biographies have dialogue in them.

  • Thank you very much for the detailed answer. And I understood the use of the word fiction would be very useful. Then how about using in a production or in a fictional production? I think a production might be also as abstract as produced content, but I, also, would like to know if there is any difference between in a production and in produced content there. I am sorry for asking you so much. May 22, 2019 at 6:35

The alternatives you have suggested are too abstract. One definition of "dialog" IS a conversation within the context of a book, play, or movie. That is very clear. The other three phrases are not as easily understood. Always strive for clarity, not ambiguity.

  • Thank you for such good advice and answering. May 22, 2019 at 5:31

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