imperative verb se·gue \ˈse-(ˌ)gwā, ˈsā-\

Definition of segue

  1. 1 :  proceed to what follows without pause —used as a direction in music

  2. 2 :  perform the music that follows like that which has preceded —used as a direction in music

Origin and Etymology of segue

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

First Known Use: circa 1740



verb se·gue \ˈse-(ˌ)gwā, ˈsā-\

Definition of segue




  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to proceed without pause from one musical number or theme to another

  3. 2 :  to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene, or part to another segued smoothly into the next story

Examples of segue in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. She quickly segued to the next topic.

  5. The band smoothly segued from one song to the next.

  6. In the movie, a shot of the outside of the house segued neatly to a shot of the family inside the house.

Origin and Etymology of segue

see 1segue

First Known Use: circa 1913



noun se·gue \ˈse-(ˌ)gwā, ˈsā-\

Definition of segue

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

Examples of segue in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

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segue vs segway

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.

Origin and Etymology of segue

see 1segue

First Known Use: circa 1937

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