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 Flipped, is a home renovation comedy series starring Will Forte and Kate Olson, that will be setup like some of our favorite home reno shows, but with extremely exaggerated, fictitious plotlines. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Quibi Is a New Streaming Platform That Will Reboot MTV's Punk'd and Bring Us New Series 'Murder House Flip'," 3 Feb. 2020 With these springboards of sorts, the composers and visual artists, unencumbered by the conventions of plotline or character, proceeded independently. Melissa Harris, The New York Review of Books, "‘That Single Fleeting Moment’: Merce Cunningham in Images," 11 Jan. 2020 There’s another plotline evolving that relates to Tony. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Will Michael Weatherly Return to NCIS? 4 Hints a Tony and Ziva Reunion Is Happening," 7 Jan. 2020 Outside of the movie’s heart-warming plotline, there’s certainly cause for love at first sight in Nevada City, a hamlet outside of Sacramento that was first settled in 1849 as a mining camp and has retained much of its original charm. Sophie Dodd,, "Calling All Christmas Lovers! You Can Visit These Real-Life Hallmark Movie Towns," 20 Dec. 2019 The enduring popularity of graphic storytelling is not a result of seductive images or flashy plotlines, but a reflection of how the human mind has evolved to understand and interpret stories. Mary Widdicks, Quartz, "The visual language of comic books can improve brain function," 2 Jan. 2020 That bleak plotline, though, is repeatedly interrupted by short anecdotes of kindness, countervailing moments of friendship between Leila and other outcasts. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Elif Shafak continues to resist Turkey’s repressive government with brilliant fiction," 25 Sep. 2019 Along with a meaty plotline, the second season also reunited Smith-Cameron with old friends. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Grand Dames of Succession are Powerful—and All Over 60," 25 Sep. 2019 In the film, Sam, a young boy who plays the drums for a school performance of the song harbors a crush on his classmate, Joanna, who is singing lead; the song plays a significant role to this plotline, which helps open and close the film. Cady Lang, Time, "How Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Became the Holiday Gift That Keeps on Giving," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of plotline

1952, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

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“Plotline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plotline

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

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