noun se·quel \ˈsē-kwəl also -ˌkwel\

: a book, movie, etc., that continues a story begun in another book, movie, etc.

: something that happens after and usually as a result of a previous event

Full Definition of SEQUEL

a :  subsequent development
b :  the next installment (as of a speech or story); especially :  a literary, cinematic, or televised work continuing the course of a story begun in a preceding one

Examples of SEQUEL

  1. The new film is a sequel to the very successful comedy that came out five years ago.
  2. He is busy writing the book's sequel.
  3. There is an interesting sequel to my date with her that I'll share with you later.

Origin of SEQUEL

Middle English, from Anglo-French sequele, from Latin sequela, from sequi to follow — more at sue
First Known Use: 15th century

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SEQUEL Defined for Kids


noun se·quel \ˈsē-kwəl\

Definition of SEQUEL for Kids

:  a book or movie that continues a story begun in another
:  an event that follows or comes afterward :  result

Word Root of SEQUEL

The Latin word sequī, meaning to follow, and its form secutus give us the roots sequ and sec. Words from the Latin sequī have something to do with following. Something second follows what came first. A sequel is a book or movie that follows another and continues the story. A sequence is the order in which one thing follows another. A consequence is a result that follows from a condition or action.
Medical Dictionary


noun se·quel \ˈsē-kwəl also -ˌkwel\

Medical Definition of SEQUEL

:  sequela <gangrene is…a sequel of wounds—Robert Chawner>


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