plot·​line | \ˈplät-ˌlīn \

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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That plotline stalled for a few years while the star was set back by injuries. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "For Joe Mauer, being from Minnesota means this isn’t goodbye," 12 Nov. 2018 And in the months leading up to our Best of Beauty Awards, the plotlines are as thick as the competition. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "The September 2018 Allure Beauty Box: See All the Product Samples You'll Get This Month," 1 Sep. 2018 There's also a #MeToo plotline that's not entirely surprising, a long and well-done scene with Sam connecting to his past artistic drive and his daughter at the same time, and a possibly intriguing direction for Bash. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Season 2: TV Review," 26 June 2018 Image: Disney / Pixar As a result, none of the plotlines really get their full due. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "With Incredibles 2, Pixar moves away from complicated emotions," 15 June 2018 The plotline of Madame Chrysanthème follows the story of a French naval officer who falls in love with the idea of the perfect Japanese woman. Rae Chen, Teen Vogue, "How to Stop Fetishizing My Chinese Identity," 28 June 2018 In this engaging comedy-drama, an Anglo couple with three children adopt three kids from different ethnic backgrounds — hey, that was a very with-it plotline for the mid-‘70s. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "These movies were filmed in Phoenix and you'll recognize the locations," 30 June 2018 Georgia’s booming film industry may be a plus for the state’s economy, but blasting celebrities for their political stances is proving to be a tempting plotline as Lt. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Hollywood makes a cameo in Cagle-Kemp battle," 26 June 2018 And then the series abruptly dumps this plotline, and all the attendant questions about AI. Karen Han, The Verge, "Lost in Space shows a long-running problem with stories about AI," 24 Apr. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of plotline

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

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