Definition of sequel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsiːkw(ə)l/


1A published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one: the sequel toHome Alone The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel
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  • 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.
follow-up, continuation
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
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  • The tsunami has certainly equipped a number of people with the skills to handle post disaster emotional and psychological sequels.
consequence, result, upshot, outcome, development, issue, end, conclusion, postscript;
effect, after-effect, aftermath;
Medicine  sequelae
informal pay-off
archaic success
rare sequent


in the sequel

British formal As things develop: this modification of style, as will become clearer in the sequel, does not invalidate our earlier approach
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  • Other points will become clearer in the sequel.
  • That this should be the case will become clearer in the sequel.


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

  • 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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