Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: segue
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛɡweɪ

Definition of segue in English:

verb (segues, segueing, segued)

[no object, with adverbial]
(In music and film) move without interruption from one piece of music or scene to another: allowing one song to segue into the next
More example sentences
  • Once the producers felt we had seen enough of that, the camera seemlessly segued into another grassy scene: one with prehistoric, upright, hairy Homo habilis digging holes and groping for food, circa two million years ago.
  • He captivated the audience, artfully segueing from songs that made you laugh, to ones that stilled the crowd with their meaningfulness, their power.
  • Quickly paced, with each song segueing seamlessly into the next, it's a homage to the golden age of crossover.


Back to top  
An uninterrupted transition from one piece of music or film scene to another.
Example sentences
  • Riffs on Hoagy Carmichael's ‘Georgia on My Mind’ are obvious musical cues and are used as segues throughout the film.
  • They serve not only as brilliant segues within the film's narrative but also contribute to a larger purpose of imbuing the viewer with an intense, discombobulated sensation that can only be described as ‘punch drunk’.
  • The film's segues into the seedier side of Austria are always appropriately shocking, and Erika's steadfast resolve in these environments is an utterly jarring anachronism.


Italian, literally 'follows'.

Definition of segue in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure