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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Lex Scott Davis has the worst night ever in the scary The Purge prequel, The First Purge. Molly Fitzpatrick, Marie Claire, "Get to Know 'The First Purge' Star Lex Scott Davis," 1 Aug. 2018 Several Game of Thrones spin-off shows are in the works, with a pilot order for a prequel already moving forward. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "HBO has ordered a science fiction series from Joss Whedon," 13 July 2018 On the more far-fetched end of the spectrum, The Sun reported that Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy, would secretly film scenes for Rise, though the rumor has yet to be confirmed and has been quiet as of late. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'," 12 Apr. 2019 With the company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment properties, too, Lucas’ original trilogy and prequels will also be available on the service. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "‘The Rise of Skywalker’ is title for next ‘Star Wars’ film," 12 Apr. 2019 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

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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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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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