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 But as Pray in this episode shows, that doesn’t detract from Pose extracting all the drama out of such a plotline. Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, "Pose Recap: I’m Not Trying to Be Nice," 3 May 2021 The story launches once again with a damsel-in-distress plotline: A princess is kidnapped, and Arthur must spring into side-scrolling action. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection’ updates everything but the sexist tropes," 23 Feb. 2021 Jenkins turns that lingering sadness into a strong secondary plotline, in which Steve is mystically returned to Diana—but at a price. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Wonder Woman 1984 Is the Superhero Movie That 2020 Needed," 23 Dec. 2020 Watching shows that take us away from our pandemic reality can keep us feeling hopeful and keep us looking forward to life after lockdown, especially because COVID isn’t just a passing plotline — it’s our reality for the foreseeable future. Sumiko Wilson,, "Everything You Should Check Out On Netflix Canada This Weekend," 17 Mar. 2021 Because of the human-trafficking plotline, there are some brief but brutal scenes of young women being assaulted. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Strong Nordic women rule in ‘Cold Courage,’ a new thriller on AMC+," 12 Mar. 2021 Hammer's plotline is fairly interesting as he's cast as an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent trying to break up a Canadian fentanyl ring, and his path crosses with a vengeful mom and former addict (Evangeline Lily). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: 'Coming 2 America,' 'Raya and the Last Dragon,' new 'Spongebob'," 4 Mar. 2021 Based on tapes of journalist Linda Kuehl interviewing people who knew Holiday, Billie features many of the same figures that the drama does, but benefits from not needing to digest its source material into a coherent theme and plotline. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "The Trials of Billie Holiday," 26 Feb. 2021 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

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First Known Use of plotline

1952, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2021

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“Plotline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of plotline

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

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