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 The multi-hyphenate entertainer then segued into a joking attempt to insert a Hamilton reference into the proceedings. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Lin-Manuel Miranda and Billy Porter slay with SNL cold open cameos sending up Democratic debate," 13 Oct. 2019 The 3-1 start has segued into a 3-3 record after two straight losses where the Wings can fault their work ethic. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' hot start fades after 'unacceptable' outing at Vancouver," 16 Oct. 2019 Gaps need to be filled, segues need to be made and costumes need to be changed. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "CMA Awards 2019: How did Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood do as hosts?," 14 Nov. 2019 Today, both Loaëc (born in France) and Kuroki (born in Japan and raised in Paris) call Tokyo home, but the peripatetic pair are really global citizens who segued naturally from music into fashion and then into food. Vogue, "Kitsuné Is Serving Up Parisian Cool at a New West Village Café," 8 Nov. 2019 Saturday’s final block-party Sheep Jam segues perfectly into Sun Valley’s autumn jazz festival. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "These are the 7 best fall festivals in the United States," 15 Oct. 2019 That segues nicely into my next question, who is Sasha Budanov? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mysterious character takes lead role in Bybee’s ‘Say It Again’," 22 Sep. 2019 Biden rambled in talking about his support of teachers, the lack of resources for educators and at one point seemed to encourage parents to play records for their children to expand their vocabulary before segueing into talk of Latin America. Bill Barrow And Steve Peoples, chicagotribune.com, "The Democratic debate featured some fiery exchanges and put the divide between liberal and moderate candidates on display," 12 Sep. 2019 Jordan had worked in the grocery industry for more than seven years, launching his career with a food broker before segueing into a grocery department manager role. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, al, "May Makeover Series: Professionalize your candidacy, graduate from that high school resume," 10 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Saturday’s final block-party Sheep Jam segues perfectly into Sun Valley’s autumn jazz festival. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "These are the 7 best fall festivals in the United States," 15 Oct. 2019 And a dispute erupting during a softball game segues to a woman texting in the bleachers next to a white duck. BostonGlobe.com, "as did Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme in 1962 with," 3 Oct. 2019 Scenes almost never ended with a punchline, instead segueing into a new, even more nonsensical premise or devolving into one of Gilliam’s trademark trippy animations. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Monty Python's Flying Circus," 4 Oct. 2019 Without missing a beat, Mr. Trump then segued directly to his request for help in his own domestic politics. Peter Baker, New York Times, "In Trump’s Ukraine Phone Call, Alarmed Aides Saw Trouble," 26 Sep. 2019 The multi-hyphenate entertainer then segued into a joking attempt to insert a Hamilton reference into the proceedings. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Lin-Manuel Miranda and Billy Porter slay with SNL cold open cameos sending up Democratic debate," 13 Oct. 2019 That segues nicely into my next question, who is Sasha Budanov? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mysterious character takes lead role in Bybee’s ‘Say It Again’," 22 Sep. 2019 The 3-1 start has segued into a 3-3 record after two straight losses where the Wings can fault their work ethic. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' hot start fades after 'unacceptable' outing at Vancouver," 16 Oct. 2019 Biden rambled in talking about his support of teachers, the lack of resources for educators and at one point seemed to encourage parents to play records for their children to expand their vocabulary before segueing into talk of Latin America. Bill Barrow And Steve Peoples, chicagotribune.com, "The Democratic debate featured some fiery exchanges and put the divide between liberal and moderate candidates on display," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The episodes are a perfect segue into the season as Halloween looms ahead — and an eerie reminder that some of our most treasured spooky stories stemmed from true events. Bianca Betancourt, Teen Vogue, "Spotify Podcast About Urban Legends Drops for Halloween," 21 Oct. 2019 Embracing the intrinsic importance of the employee in the corporate culture provides an ideal segue for the discussion of what’s next for HR executives as companies continue to evolve. Fortune, "HR Execs Agree: Successful Human Resources Requires a Human Touch," 18 Sep. 2019 This is how Heller and the movie’s writers, Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, segue into the story that takes place outside of Mr. Rogers’ safehouse, in the larger world. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," 22 Nov. 2019 So this kind of segues into my next question: the title is how charts lie, which is a great title. Washington Post, "You’ve been reading charts wrong. Here’s how a pro does it.," 11 Oct. 2019 Muschietti is certainly a gifted visualist, lending poignancy to an engaging first act with dreamlike segues that pierce the metaphysical veil and tighten the cosmic tapestry that unites the Losers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Overlong ‘It Chapter Two’ confronts scarier evils than Pennywise the clown," 5 Sep. 2019 Muschietti is certainly a gifted visualist, lending poignancy to an engaging first act with dreamlike segues that pierce the metaphysical veil and tighten the cosmic tapestry that unites the Losers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Overlong ‘It Chapter Two’ confronts scarier evils than Pennywise the clown," 5 Sep. 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

13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Segue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segued. Accessed 17 January 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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