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 After Silence came out, Hannibal received a sequel, a prequel (both adapted into movies), and a television show. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Dark Fate of Clarice Starling," 12 Feb. 2021 The prequel to Breaking Bad has arguably surpassed its ancestor in terms of depth and performance. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now," 1 Feb. 2021 The prequel will take place 1,200 years prior to the events seen in The Witcher, Variety reported. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jodie Turner-Smith Will Star in Netflix's The Witcher Prequel," 26 Jan. 2021 The streamer has heard the fandom's cries and is now developing a prequel series to explain exactly how The Continent became so frayed over time. Ineye Komonibo,, "Jodie Turner-Smith Wields The Magic Of The Witcher In New Netflix Prequel Series," 25 Jan. 2021 The prequel followed the character's origin story and rise to power, and grossed more than $178 million, propelling Johnson to leading-man status. Tyler Aquilina,, "Dwayne Johnson producing Scorpion King reboot at Universal," 11 Nov. 2020 The upcoming series, set to debut in 2022, is also a prequel, this time centering on the famous Targaryen family 300 years before the events seen in the original series. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "HBO Reportedly Has Another Game of Thrones Spinoff in the Works," 22 Jan. 2021 Angie Thomas didn’t plan on writing a prequel to The Hate U Give. Stephanie Long,, "Angie Thomas’ Concrete Rose Is Advocating For Black Men & Boys," 13 Jan. 2021 That’s a good way to describe this Travis Knight film, which is kind of a prequel to the Bay universe and also kind of its own reboot. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now," 9 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of prequel was in 1958

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19 Feb 2021

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“Prequel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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