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 of prequel from the Web
Potterworld fully sprang back into action in 2016 with the release of a sequel play (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and prequel movie (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).
Unfortunately, this limited-series prequel isn't likely to be remembered as well as the original.
Two years ago, Netflix brought us the eight-episode prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp, which depicted, over the course of a single day, the day in which Camp Firewood's horny teenage counselors all met for the first time.
Plus, there are appearances from the prequel show's characters played by Chris Pine, Lake Bell, Kristen Wiig and others.
But many fans of the Breaking Bad prequel series have been eagerly waiting for more signs of the Emmy-winning classic to emerge.
Gotham is a Batman prequel series, an origin story, so ostensibly, when Bruce becomes Batman, the show will end.
Less expected, though, was the E3 2017 reveal of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm, a prequel that tells the story of series star Chloe Price during her formative years.
And despite being called Beyond Good & Evil 2, the game is actually a prequel.
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Origin and Etymology of prequel
pre- + -quel (as in sequel)
First Known Use: 1958See Words from the same year
PREQUEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prequel for English Language Learners
: 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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