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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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 After causing controversy with producers and the network, Cummings’s plotline didn’t happen. Anna Millard,, "Whitney Cummings Opens Up About Being The Liberal Showrunner On Roseanne," 1 July 2018 Starz did not approve the extended episode order, resulting in an episode that already included two major character deaths to cut even more major plotlines. Autumn Kelly, Newsweek, "‘Power’ Season 5 Release Date Confirmed Alongside Season 6 Renewal," 13 Mar. 2018 Who knew that the Maryland governor’s race could provide a plotline for the next Cheech & Chong movie? Chris Kaltenbach,, "Ben Jealous has friends in high places: Candidate says he smoked pot with Dave Chappelle," 15 June 2018 There are aspects of archetypal plots here: the underdog sports narrative related to Nina’s efforts with the team; Nuno’s plotline having aspects of a heist narrative. Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "The Tether Between Two Worlds: An Interview with Sergio De La Pava," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of plotline

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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