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

Examples of plotline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main plotline of so many data breach stories is human error. Daniel J. Solove, Scientific American, 26 July 2022 Sources say Echo will include a plotline in which Daredevil, whose alter ego is blind attorney Matt Murdoch, is searching out a former ally. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2022 This one didn’t ultimately provide much of a plotline for the 85,000 spectators who filled the bleachers or for the thousands more who purchased $500 grounds passes (seat not included). New York Times, 14 July 2022 Rachel Berry, a sympathetic, but egotistical heroine who strove to be in the spotlight, notoriously made her life goal to play Fanny Brice on Broadway, an arc which was prominently part of the show's plotline for many seasons. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 12 July 2022 The second chapter did not disappoint, laying out an enemies-to-lovers plotline between the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony (played by Jonathan Bailey), and newcomer Kate Sharma (give actress Simone Ashley every award right now). The Editors, Outside Online, 16 Apr. 2022 Obama is the first world leader shown commenting on Vasya’s win; an entire plotline follows the Ukrainian leader’s family aspiring to Michelle Obama’s fashion sense. Courtney Sender, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 Unfortunately, their plotline mostly revolves around the locust conspiracy, and every attempt at charming banter comes off as more than a little forced. David Sims, The Atlantic, 8 June 2022 An important Season 1 plotline was Ed’s attempts to keep the family together following the death of Sam’s sister, while struggling with his own grief. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of plotline

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Plotline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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