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

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This is Downton running on all cylinders, with a ton of scintillating plotlines unfolding upstairs and down. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 12 Sep. 2018 Gone are the infidelity pregnancy entrapment plotlines, traded in for ones about catfishing and the horrors of Internet dating. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Dirty John, Connie Britton Brings a Cautionary Tale to Life—And According to Her, the Timing’s Never Been Better to Talk About Con Men," 23 Nov. 2018 Lili posted about the BuzzFeed quiz in question on her Instagram Story, screenshotting it next to a story about ridiculous plotlines that featured a pic of her as Betty Cooper on Riverdale, doing the striptease/karaoke in season two. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Took a BuzzFeed Quiz to Find Out If She Should Be With Cole or Dylan Sprouse," 11 Dec. 2018 The stories in a lot of cartoons barely scratched the surface of innovation or imagination, and would often become redundant with save-the-day plotlines. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power honors and challenges the original She-Ra.," 21 Nov. 2018 But that didn’t mean that the games couldn't feature original concepts or plotlines. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 That would be antithetical to the nature of a storytelling form that stretches over decades; indeed, many of the Marvel comics published today are rooted in plotlines written more than 50 years ago. David Sims, The Atlantic, "'Infinity War' and the Point of Comic-Book Deaths," 2 May 2018 Cordelia wanting a child was a big plotline in Coven…[her] desire for motherhood is still as strong as ever. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "13 “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” Fan Theories That Might Predict What Is Ahead," 1 Nov. 2018 The new plotline put the focus almost entirely on the children, resulting in a completely fresh dynamic. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "How The Walking Dead studio changed video game storytelling for the better," 24 Sep. 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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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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