pre·​quel | \ ˈprē-kwəl How to pronounce prequel (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The new series are the dramas The Winchesters (which is a prequel to Supernatural), Professionals, Walker Independence (an original story from the current Walker, Texas Ranger reboot) and Family Law; and the non-scripted Magic With the Stars. Marc Berman, Forbes, 19 May 2022 This novel is a direct prequel to Gabaldon's Lord John series. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 27 Mar. 2022 As fans of Diana Gabaldon's original book series will know, there are a huge number of novellas and short stories that complement the Outlander novels—but only one of them is a prequel. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 20 Mar. 2022 Reeves said his drama would've acted as a prequel to The Batman. Nick Romano,, 7 Mar. 2022 The Scottish actor starred in Army of Thieves, which Snyder produced and was a prequel to Snyder’s own feature, Army of the Dead. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2022 Fans of the Yellowstone prequel 1883 will recognize the scene from the show's first episode when Faith and Tim's characters Margaret and James Dutton reunite in a hotel. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 7 May 2022 The upcoming series serves as a prequel to Game of Thrones, which wrapped its eight-season run in 2019. Dory Jackson,, 5 May 2022 Think about it: the purpose of a prequel is to fill in blanks left originally. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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26 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Prequel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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