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 great room segues to a rear patio with an outdoor dining area and fire pit. SFChronicle.com, "Modern home for a large family in Carson City," 5 Mar. 2020 Their day-long menu can begin with avocado toast or a chia granola parfait and then segue to gourmet salads such as their own take on a Waldorf: kale with cashew cream, faro, carrots, walnuts, oranges, avocado, cranberries, sprouts and seeds. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Politan Row dining hall in Rice Village," 7 Nov. 2019 The day then segued into the heavy-hitter competition among 253 cook-off teams who turned in 754 meat entries in brisket, chicken and ribs. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "RodeoHouston's barbecue cook-off results," 1 Mar. 2020 After trying and failing to win Michael over in the wake of the Stamford branch merging with Scranton, a hurt Andy segues away from the conversation with this passive aggressive apology. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "The Ultimate Ranking of the Best Memes of The Office That Will Have You Laughing Through the Daily Grind," 28 Jan. 2020 Even something as slight as A Charlie Brown Christmas could segue into a reverent reading from the King James Bible. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Gospel According to Kanye," 7 Nov. 2019 Eventually, Anjuli changed into her second dress of the evening, another custom look by Prabal Gurung, as the crowd segued into party mode. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore a Red Lehenga, then a Vivienne Westwood Gown at This Indian-English Wedding," 23 May 2019 John Mellencamp first charted as John Cougar and then John Cougar Mellencamp, before segueing to his first and last name. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Miley, Hannah & Ashley O, Too: 'On a Roll' Adds Another Name to Cyrus' Chart History," 26 June 2019 Dining Notes Hoagie Nation, a hoagie-sampling event with a side of music, starts Friday, May 25, at the Fillmore before segueing to Festival Pier on Saturday. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Sea what Greg Vernick is up to," 23 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The day then segued into the heavy-hitter competition among 253 cook-off teams who turned in 754 meat entries in brisket, chicken and ribs. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "RodeoHouston's barbecue cook-off results," 1 Mar. 2020 After trying and failing to win Michael over in the wake of the Stamford branch merging with Scranton, a hurt Andy segues away from the conversation with this passive aggressive apology. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "The Ultimate Ranking of the Best Memes of The Office That Will Have You Laughing Through the Daily Grind," 28 Jan. 2020 And that’s really segued us into the ability to be successful between the lines. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "What Oregon OC Marcus Arroyo, Justin Herbert said before facing Wisconsin in Rose Bowl," 29 Dec. 2019 The largely unfamiliar cast is uniformly good, especially Fitzgerald as the button-down femme fatale and Kelly, who segues convincingly between vulnerability and disdain. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Dare Me,’ Cheerleading Is Murder," 26 Dec. 2019 From there, Peart rumbled mid-tones against holiday bells and segued a snare roll to a xylophone solo. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Rush drummer Neil Peart showcased his virtuosity across decades of Indianapolis shows," 11 Jan. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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

6 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Segue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segue. Accessed 6 Apr. 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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