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.

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The surface similarities between the two middle movies’ plots practically write themselves: both films are older, darker second installments in a prequel series where the opening salvo was derided as too kid-centric. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 The fourth film in the popular action-horror franchise is a prequel, set as the New Founding Fathers of America experiment with letting the country’s underclass freely commit crimes — preferably against each other — on one night each year. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The First Purge’s release makes this a good weekend to watch Battle Royale on Netflix," 6 July 2018 Just as the Harry Potter books matured and darkened over time, this latest prequel takes a significant step back from its predecessor’s wacky magic-animal CGI shenanigans and heads in a grimmer direction. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018 Williams likely won’t come back as Arya, but given that HBO is pondering several spin-off shows (with one prequel series in likely development) the cable giant would delight fans by expanding Arya’s world. Meagan Fredette,, "Is Arya Stark The Last Woman Standing On Game Of Thrones?," 7 July 2018 After more than a year of speculation over potential Game of Thrones spinoffs, HBO has officially greenlit a pilot episode for a prequel series from showrunner Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service). Megan Mccluskey, Time, "George R. R. Martin Has a Foreboding Title Suggestion for the New Game of Thrones Prequel," 11 June 2018 The spinoff prequel revolving around Han Solo’s youthful adventures is among this year’s official selections and will premiere out of competition, festival organizers announced Friday. Nardine Saad,, "Fox News' Sean Hannity pledges to 'pound' Jimmy Kimmel 'with his own words'," 7 Apr. 2018 Having the song accompany the prequel is a nice connection to the original series, Fleming says. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Hans Zimmer Explains How His Radiohead Collab for 'Blue Planet II' Came About," 18 Jan. 2018 Yakuza only recently garnered serious attention from new fans, thanks largely to its amazing prequel, Yakzua 0. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 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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