plot·​line ˈplät-ˌlīn How to pronounce plotline (audio)
: a connected series of occurrences that form the plot or part of the plot in a story or drama

Examples of plotline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the scenes mount, characters on the periphery are gradually fleshed out and after an absorbing episode one, the plotline is left dangling from the highest cliff. Holly Jones, Variety, 7 Apr. 2024 The storyline also must have made its way to the State Capitol, because last month Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sent a letter to David addressing the plotline about the 2021 voting law. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Apr. 2024 The putative plotline: A returning President Donald Trump ends all aid to Ukraine, tilting the military balance dramatically in favor of the Russian invaders. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2024 The Kurt Vonnegut Museum shared the joke on Facebook Tuesday and responded with a suggestion for a plotline on the show. Katie Wiseman, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Mar. 2024 The scenario generator book allows Gamemasters to come up with a basic plotline with a few rolls of the dice. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The lengthy flight duration, emotive movie plotlines, and a certain amount of anonymity is a sure-fire way to open the floodgates. Olivia Morelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Mar. 2024 Leap Years, while rare, have popped up in media and created some interesting plotlines (as well as Leap Day babies or Leaplings) in popular TV shows over the years. Katie Wiseman, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Feb. 2024 Some plotlines in this section — like the one between adult Violeta and Camila (now played by Sharlene Cruz) — are dogged by a lack of resolution. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plotline was in 1952

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“Plotline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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