se·​gue | \ ˈse-(ˌ)gwā How to pronounce segue (audio) , ˈsā- \

Definition of segue

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : proceed to what follows without pause used as a direction in music
2 : perform the music that follows like that which has preceded used as a direction in music

segue

verb
se·​gue | \ ˈse-(ˌ)gwā How to pronounce segue (audio) , ˈsā- \
segued; segueing

Definition of segue (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to proceed without pause from one musical number or theme to another
2 : to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene, or part to another segued smoothly into the next story

segue

noun
se·​gue | \ ˈse-(ˌ)gwā How to pronounce segue (audio) , ˈsā- \

Definition of segue (Entry 3 of 3)

: a transition made without pause or interruption : the act or an instance of segueing (see segue entry 2)

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Segue vs Segway

Noun

Segue is occasionally found spelled segway, even in edited text. There are two likely reasons for this:

  1. The familiar suffix –way (as seen in driveway and runway) seems to agree with the notion of a segue as a "path" along which something transitions;

  2. The existence of the homophone Segway as a trade name for an American company that produces electric transportation devices.

The standard spelling segue comes from the use of the word's Italian root as a direction in music, indicating a transition without interruption.

Examples of segue in a Sentence

Verb Then he quickly segues into the dangers of being too hard on cops who make an honest mistake. That turns out to be the moral of the story, the perils of politics intruding on the job. — Ted Conover, New York Times Book Review, 18 Apr. 2004 As the Klamath Mountains segue into the Coast Range, moist Pacific air creeps up the river valley in cottony mists. — Bruce Barcott, Mother Jones, May–June 2003 But for casual acquaintances, keep your response brief. Just say "I'm happy for him," and segue into another topic. — Kitty Flynn, Cosmopolitan, December 2000 She quickly segued to the next topic. The band smoothly segued from one song to the next. In the movie, a shot of the outside of the house segued neatly to a shot of the family inside the house. Noun The evening news continued, a fast segue into a promo for that night's showcase program, an inquiry into the sources of the civic genius of Bonaparte … — Ward Just, Forgetfulness, (2006) 2007 Making a smooth segue into foreign policy, he offered a nuanced assessment of Russia's acting President Vladimir Putin as "showing signs of pragmatism," but added, correctly, that "anyone who tells you they have Putin figured out is blowing smoke." — James Carney, Time, 21 Feb. 2000
Recent Examples on the Web: Imperative verb Smith started to segue into clothing while living in Barcelona in 2019 and experimenting with one-off pieces. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2021 Underwood, who was anchoring the show that day, turned to the camera and tried to segue to a commercial break, but Osbourne continued to nip with a response that was largely inaudible because of the bleeped language. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2021 WandaVision, for one, will segue into the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Feb. 2021 When soccer season is over, the players segue into another sport like baseball, flag football or basketball with one of the assistants taking over the head coach responsibilities in another sport with the support of the other coaches. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 19 Feb. 2021 But just as the Wolverines were about to segue into 2020, a global pandemic hit. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 23 Sep. 2020 One non-routine engagement: According to the chronometer, Angell won’t segue into his second century until September 19th, but various friends of Friend Memorial Public Library, in the center of Brooklin, decided to celebrate early. Mark Singe, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2020 As Oregon families prepare to segue into the last full month of summer, several questions remain about what awaits when fall classes begin. oregonlive, 31 July 2020 Further complicating matters is the category of rabbits raised as, say, a 4-H project, which, once the project is done, might segue from pet to meat. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Smith started to segue into clothing while living in Barcelona in 2019 and experimenting with one-off pieces. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2021 Underwood, who was anchoring the show that day, turned to the camera and tried to segue to a commercial break, but Osbourne continued to nip with a response that was largely inaudible because of the bleeped language. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2021 WandaVision, for one, will segue into the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Feb. 2021 When soccer season is over, the players segue into another sport like baseball, flag football or basketball with one of the assistants taking over the head coach responsibilities in another sport with the support of the other coaches. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 19 Feb. 2021 But just as the Wolverines were about to segue into 2020, a global pandemic hit. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 23 Sep. 2020 One non-routine engagement: According to the chronometer, Angell won’t segue into his second century until September 19th, but various friends of Friend Memorial Public Library, in the center of Brooklin, decided to celebrate early. Mark Singe, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2020 As Oregon families prepare to segue into the last full month of summer, several questions remain about what awaits when fall classes begin. oregonlive, 31 July 2020 Further complicating matters is the category of rabbits raised as, say, a 4-H project, which, once the project is done, might segue from pet to meat. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The idea that your show isn’t centered on finding a relationship is a fitting segue into your egg-freezing experience. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 15 May 2021 Gates’s brief mentions of Marcus Garvey, Pan-Africanism, and the Nation of Islam—secular and religious movements that critiqued white supremacy—serve as a bumpy segue to what is generally known as the civil rights movement. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 The performance of Songfest in the fall, when Germany’s lockdown restrictions were temporarily lifted, offered a natural segue to Keast’s next move. Blane Bachelor, Chron, 9 Apr. 2021 From the very start of the pandemic, when classes were canceled and students kicked off campus, the class of 2020’s segue into the real world has been shaky at best. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2021 That's a nice segue to talk about casting Kristen as Barbara-slash-Cheetah. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 24 Dec. 2020 That segue led into a pretaped interview — perhaps for fear of what could have gone sideways — during which Smith and Hubert hashed it out. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2020 Biden named two local policy experts to his presidential transition team this week to dive into the weeds of federal agencies to ensure a smooth segue between presidencies — and potentially land a job themselves. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, 13 Nov. 2020 That Hungarian element also served as an elegant segue to the second work on the program, the Divertimento for Strings by Hungarian master Bela Bartok. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of segue

Imperative verb

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for segue

Imperative verb, Verb, and Noun

Italian, there follows, from seguire to follow, from Latin sequi — more at sue

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The first known use of segue was circa 1740

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“Segue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segue. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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segue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of segue

: to move without stopping from one activity, topic, song, etc., to another

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