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prequel

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Pronunciation: /ˈpriːkw(ə)l
 
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Definition of prequel in English:

noun

A story or film containing events which precede those of an existing work: the film is a prequel to the cult TV series
More example sentences
  • But with the frenzy of sequels, prequels, remakes and biopics being shovelled out by Hollywood, it comes as no surprise that relying on an existing popular story is the path of least resistance.
  • In this age of sequels, prequels, and trilogies, uniqueness is, well, unique, and I believe we ought to celebrate it, even when it doesn't completely succeed.
  • Which is more difficult: making a sequel or making a prequel?

Origin

1970s: from pre- 'before' + sequel.

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  • sequel from (Late Middle English):

    The earliest use of sequel was ‘a band of followers’. Latin sequi ‘to follow’ is the source, seen also in consequence (Late Middle English) and sequence (Late Middle English), and perhaps in the root of see. Sequel developed the senses ‘what happens afterwards’ and ‘the remaining part of a story’ in the early 16th century. In the 1970s it inspired the prequel, which portrays events that precede those of an existing completed work. From music comes segue [M18] from Italian seguire from sequi. It was originally an instruction in classical music to continue to the next movement without a break, but is now more often found used of moving from one recorded song to another without a break.

Words that rhyme with prequel

coequal, equal, sequel

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