plot·​line | \ ˈplät-ˌlīn How to pronounce plotline (audio) \

Definition of plotline

: a connected series of occurrences that form the plot or part of the plot in a story or drama

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Recent Examples on the Web Celtic was in need of a target, and Scottish soccer in need of a plotline. New York Times, "Old Rivals, New Ideas and Why Some Clubs Are Reluctant to Try," 29 Jan. 2021 It’s a fun plotline to watch unfold, especially when certain characters who are definitely not Lady Whistledown claim to be Lady Whistledown for the money and glory. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "What to Expect From Bridgerton Season Two, Based on the Novels," 15 Jan. 2021 In our 2021, in our global pandemic, could such a plotline be construed as, in fact, prophetic? Jason Kehe, Wired, "2021 and the Conspiracies of Johnny Mnemonic," 11 Jan. 2021 Does this she-cat plotline, ending in the inevitable catfight, really stand the test of time? Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Does “Wonder Woman 1984” Hide Its Hero’s True Superpowers?," 25 Dec. 2020 The implausibility of the plotline is answered by an appeal to truth. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Crown’s Majestic Untruths," 5 Dec. 2020 And on December 9, Deadline reported an exclusive update that could give us a clue as to who the main players will be in the upcoming instalment of the series, and where the plotline might go next. Natalie Morin,, "Finally, Some More News On Succession Season 3," 10 Dec. 2020 Creator Peter Morgan no doubt picked it due to the presiding plotline: Charles and Diana’s 1983 royal tour of Australia, which coincides with the country’s growing movement to leave the British Commonwealth. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Crown: What Really Happened During Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s Fateful Tour of Australia," 15 Nov. 2020 While the book traces their journey through these formative experiences, there is no real plotline. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "Brexit brings together two lovers, both of whom are outsiders," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of plotline

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plotline was in 1952

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13 Feb 2021

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“Plotline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of plotline

: the things that happen in a book, movie, etc.

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