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)

Segue vs Segway

Noun

Segue is occasionally found spelled segway, even in edited text. There are two likely reasons for this: 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; and 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Imperative verb The doc uses them to segue into another one of its key themes: narrative framing. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 June 2022 Littman plans to segue into his own production company. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 2 June 2022 Uncertainties near the 18th will segue into strong moves that take you far from the 22nd to the 25th. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 Her hair is a masterclass on how to segue into gray in an ultra-chic way. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2022 The first turning point that led to the current environment for Vocalo-P creators to segue into the J-pop mainstream was in 2009. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 9 Mar. 2022 That will now segue from Malaga to San Sebastián and take in an event outside Spain, targeting Eastern Europe and Asia. John Hopewell, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 Then segue into how the pandemic is hurting your company, too. Rohit Arora, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 With Min joining, Rushfield will segue to editorial director and chief columnist. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 16 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Littman plans to segue into his own production company. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 2 June 2022 The doc uses them to segue into another one of its key themes: narrative framing. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 June 2022 Uncertainties near the 18th will segue into strong moves that take you far from the 22nd to the 25th. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 Her hair is a masterclass on how to segue into gray in an ultra-chic way. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2022 The first turning point that led to the current environment for Vocalo-P creators to segue into the J-pop mainstream was in 2009. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 9 Mar. 2022 That will now segue from Malaga to San Sebastián and take in an event outside Spain, targeting Eastern Europe and Asia. John Hopewell, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 Then segue into how the pandemic is hurting your company, too. Rohit Arora, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 With Min joining, Rushfield will segue to editorial director and chief columnist. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 16 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Creating Haus Labs was a natural segue from Gaga's own beauty philosophy. Michelle Lee, PEOPLE.com, 6 July 2022 Men’s tennis hasn’t had a comparable wunderkind since, and so the temptation to create some kind of Jordan-to-LeBron segue of Spanish tennis stars is unavoidable. Jason Gay, WSJ, 9 May 2022 At Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, GM has been building its 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup, a new EV that is crucial to GM's segue to go all-electric by 2035. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 30 June 2022 And some research indicates that nicotine use could harm brain development or segue into traditional cigarette use. Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 24 June 2022 And since these younger Gen Z audiences may also be the first ones to jump into the metaverse, virtual influencers could also offer a nice segue into this new digital universe for brands. Rafael Schwarz, Forbes, 23 May 2022 Now, time for the most ridiculous segue in the history of TML. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 25 May 2022 The escalation from ballad to heart-pumper is deft, with a lone synth note the perfect segue from teasing to demanding. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Light colors, like classic neutrals and pretty pastels, are the perfect segue into summer’s brights and bolds. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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4 Jul 2022

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“Segue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segue. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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