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 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, "The Rabbit Outbreak," 29 June 2020 That segues nicely into the primary strike against Rivers: Postseason. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Is Colts quarterback Philip Rivers a Hall of Famer?," 7 May 2020 During their long chat, the trio's conversation segued into Lauren’s new book, Live in Love, which shares the story her life and family. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins Made Kelly Clarkson Cry with Their Emotional Adoption Story," 3 May 2020 By its conclusion, someone will likely have developed the rudiments of emotion, segueing directly into Origins, a civilization game unlike any other. Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "Our favorite boardgames that model the natural world," 25 Apr. 2020 There’s a lot of silent seething and slow-motion segues between plot developments. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Some grim news about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: It’s getting boring," 4 June 2019 According to the plan, these warm-up meets will segue into a string of national events starting in November and stretching into next year as American swimmers prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, now postponed until the summer of 2021. Los Angeles Times, "USA Swimming to put toes in the water with regional meets beginning in August," 27 Apr. 2020 Defiantly eclectic, Yorke segues from Afrobeat, to moody gestural electronica from bandmate Jonny Greenwood, to experimental jazz from Argentine composer and Dizzy Gillespie collaborator Lalo Schiffrin. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Everything You Need to Know about the New Sonos Radio Station," 22 Apr. 2020 Jost soon segued to election news: Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the race. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "Tom Hanks Hosts a Made-From-Home Edition of ‘S.N.L.’," 12 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "The Rabbit Outbreak," 29 June 2020 That segues nicely into the primary strike against Rivers: Postseason. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Is Colts quarterback Philip Rivers a Hall of Famer?," 7 May 2020 During their long chat, the trio's conversation segued into Lauren’s new book, Live in Love, which shares the story her life and family. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins Made Kelly Clarkson Cry with Their Emotional Adoption Story," 3 May 2020 According to the plan, these warm-up meets will segue into a string of national events starting in November and stretching into next year as American swimmers prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, now postponed until the summer of 2021. Los Angeles Times, "USA Swimming to put toes in the water with regional meets beginning in August," 27 Apr. 2020 Defiantly eclectic, Yorke segues from Afrobeat, to moody gestural electronica from bandmate Jonny Greenwood, to experimental jazz from Argentine composer and Dizzy Gillespie collaborator Lalo Schiffrin. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Everything You Need to Know about the New Sonos Radio Station," 22 Apr. 2020 The outside, fragile and crisp, segues to a gelatinous cod membrane filling. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cranes is a little Japanese, a lot Spanish and something to look at," 28 Feb. 2020 After lunch the space segues into its bar bites menu to pair with beer, wine and spirits. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Downtown gets chic new tunnel-level restaurant," 24 Jan. 2020 Pearl uses this heart to heart to segue into a conversation about her father. Meaghan Kirby, EW.com, "Little Fires Everywhere recap: Elena’s obsession reaches new heights," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The musician feels the most beautiful when her skin is clear, dewy, and tanned, which is the perfect segue into her skincare routine. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Singer JoJo Face Masks and Spills Her Skincare Secrets," 27 Apr. 2020 The segue to differentiation began immediately after the abbreviated period of cellular reproduction. Sharon Begley, Scientific American, "Research Using Brains-in-a-Dish Forces a Radical Rethinking of Huntington’s Disease," 10 Dec. 2019 Officially, Litt’s title is program director of music, and those who have followed her sets and segues can get a pretty good sense of her aesthetic by checking . Los Angeles Times, "Meet Anne Litt: KCRW’s new music director is the first woman in the influential job," 26 Feb. 2020 What precipitated the segue to your second musical act? Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Yusuf/Cat Stevens Shares the Stories Behind His Beloved Classics," 7 June 2019 Big, buttery scallops with a hint of orange are a nice segue from appetizer to entree. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Bar Charley has grown up. Now, you’ll dine as well as you drink.," 13 Nov. 2019 Hip-hop might've been born in the Bronx, but it was pressed up and shipped for distribution out of North Jersey where Sylvia Robinson's vision helped the sound segue from the streets to the nightclubs as the '70s became the '80s. Ron Hart, Billboard, "From Prince to Soccer Mommy, 25 Releases to Snap Up on Record Store Day 2019," 12 Apr. 2019 Hilleg and van Driel, in their first film together, make a fairly graceful segue into a more genre-friendly mode here, adding menacing notes and suspicious interactions until Marie is fully wrapped up in the lethal drama next door. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bloody Marie': Film Review," 31 Oct. 2019 And now for the smoothest of segues, as Harvey Elliott - in the same age group at Fulham as Drameh - is reported to be closing in on a departure. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Everton to United, Trippier to Juve, Tokoz to Liverpool or Arsenal and More," 16 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'segue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Last Updated

3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Segue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segue. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for segue

segue

verb
How to pronounce segue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of segue

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

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