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 This movie is a prequel, set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Breaking Down the First Black Widow Trailer," 3 Dec. 2019 Mixed-ish, the prequel of the Tracee Ellis Ross–fronted sitcom Black-ish, begins with a rupture. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Simplistic View of a Mixed-ish America," 26 Oct. 2019 This prequel to the beloved HBO series aims to fill in the blanks on some history. Katie Hasty,, "Wonder Woman 1984, Fast & Furious 9, In the Heights: EW's most anticipated 2020 movies," 1 Jan. 2020 The Many Saints of Newark (Sept. 25): A prequel to the HBO mafia drama series, The Sopranos. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "All the movies and TV shows you need to know about in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 This prequel to the award-winning series explains how Kubu got his start in law enforcement when the richest diamond mine in the world is robbed of 100,000 carats of diamonds in transit. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Literary calendar: Week of Dec. 29," 29 Dec. 2019 Each installment in the MCU isn’t merely a sequel or a prequel but part of a larger jigsaw puzzle, the piecing together of which requires a fan to watch every single movie — and even stick around for the credits. Washington Post, "The decade’s most impactful pop-culture debuts, from ‘Game of Thrones’ to Kylie Jenner as a billionaire," 23 Dec. 2019 It's been some time since these two movies capped the original trilogy and prequel series, respectively, so refresh your memory on the plot details. Felecia Wellington Radel, USA TODAY, "'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker': Is Baby Yoda in it? Is there an opening crawl? We have answers," 20 Dec. 2019 The streaming platform will also welcome other reimagined reboots and spin-off projects, such as a Gremlins animated series, a Gossip Girl reboot series and a Practical Magic prequel, among other original content. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "HBO Max Developing National Lampoon’s Vacation Spin-off Series from Johnny Galecki," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prequel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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