Simple Definition of trilogy
: a series of three novels, movies, etc., that are closely related and involve the same characters or themes
Full Definition of trilogyplural
: a series of three dramas or literary works or sometimes three musical compositions that are closely related and develop a single theme
Examples of trilogy in a sentence
the last book in the trilogy
Did You Know?
Dozens of tragic trilogies were written for the Greek stage, though only one, Aeschylus's great Oresteia (consisting of Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, *and *The Eumenides), has survived complete. Authors in later years have occasionally chosen to create trilogies to allow themselves to develop a highly complex story or cover a long span of time. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings wasn't actually intended as a trilogy, but since it was published in three volumes it's usually called one. George Lucas's three original Star Wars movies are an example of a film trilogy (which he followed many years later by another).
Origin and Etymology of trilogy
Greek trilogia, from tri- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: circa 1661
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