pre·​quel | \ˈprē-kwəl \

Definition of prequel 

: a work (such as a novel or a play) whose story precedes that of an earlier work

Examples of prequel in a Sentence

His next film will be a prequel to last year's hit movie.

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Even counting Rogue One’s impressive $532 million take, the prequel-y Star Wars Story spinoffs like it and Solo just aren’t doing the business pulled in by The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, two chapters moving the franchise into the future. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Even 'Star Wars' can flop: 5 lessons learned from 'Solo's lackluster reception," 3 June 2018 However, fans may get more fantasy-world action from HBO, with the network reportedly ordering a pilot for a new prequel to the show. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Sophie Turner says 'Game of Thrones' will be 'bloodier,' promises 'more death' on HBO show," 1 July 2018 And don’t worry about the movie retreading the same ground Johnny Depp besmirched — the film is rumored to be a prequel of some kind. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "Lin-Manuel's movie, Starbucks prices go up and more conversation starters for your weekend," 15 June 2018 Photograph by Jonathan Nackstrand — AFP/Getty Images HBO has ordered a pilot for a prequel to its megahit series Game of Thrones, further clarifying its plans for continuing the fantasy series’ success after its final season in 2019. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Game of Thrones," 9 June 2018 And that’s especially true for a prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story, which builds on the audience’s knowledge of Han Solo, and lays the groundwork for some of the events of the original trilogy. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Solo: A Star Wars Story: Everything You Might Have Missed," 26 May 2018 They were made up of people who had been translating real-life sword play techniques to use with a lightsaber since before the prequels and the seven forms of lightsaber combat were even actual things. Lisa Deaderick,, "A master at wielding the lightsaber and teaching others the sport," 23 June 2018 Hopefully the sequel to his prequel will tell us the real story of how that came to be! 55. Dan Gvozden, The Hollywood Reporter, "74 'Star Wars' Questions 'Solo' Insisted on Answering," 1 June 2018 Which leads us to their parents, Anakin and Padmé, whose tragic love story is essential to the prequels. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "We've got a good feeling about this: It's time for 'Star Wars' to have a sex scene," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of prequel

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prequel

pre- + -quel (as in sequel)

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English Language Learners Definition of prequel

: a movie, book, etc., that tells the part of a story that happened before the story in another movie, book, etc.

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