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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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 The musical, written and directed by Floyd Mutrux, is a prequel to the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Sony/ATV Music Becomes Co-Producer, Investor of New Elvis Presley Musical," 13 July 2018 Directed by Paddington’s Paul King, the forthcoming film is said to be a prequel. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: ‘Hidden Figures’ Inspiration and NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson To Be Honored By Alma Mater," 6 June 2018 But so often, these prequels are about laboriously explaining things the fans filled in for themselves decades ago, and the official story often isn’t as interesting or creative as the fan theories. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Question Club: Where should Star Wars go after Solo’s box-office disappointment?," 1 June 2018 The prequel films detail (horribly) the downfall of the Galactic Republic and the rise of the fascist Empire. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Is Good, But It Could've Been Great," 29 May 2018 The new prequel didn’t satisfy too many fans, who gave it a score of 39% on Rotten Tomatoes. Randall Roberts,, "Box office: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' skitters to the top, 'Incredibles 2' leaps past $500 million," 8 July 2018 Does that mean the prequel takes place next month or something? Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroiter is president's new chief of staff in 'The First Purge'," 1 July 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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