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sequel

Syllabification: se·quel
Pronunciation: /ˈsēkwəl
 
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Definition of sequel in English:

noun

1A published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one.
Example sentences
  • Studio execs in Hollywood are apparently looking for more original blockbusters and less sequels.
  • If all its sequels and spin-offs ran continuously on a single channel, it would play for over a month.
  • I've actually got to figure out a place to end this so I can start the sequel to this story.
Synonyms
1.1Something that takes place after or as a result of an earlier event: this encouragement to grow potatoes had a disastrous sequel some fifty years later
More example sentences
  • The tsunami has certainly equipped a number of people with the skills to handle post disaster emotional and psychological sequels.
Synonyms
consequence, result, upshot, outcome, development, issue, postscript;
effect, aftereffect, aftermath, by-product
informal payoff

Origin

late Middle English (in the senses 'body of followers', 'descendants' and 'consequence'): from Old French sequelle or Latin sequella, from sequi 'follow'.

More
  • 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 sequel

coequal, equal, prequel

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