se·quel | \ˈsē-kwəl also -ˌkwel \

Definition of sequel 

2a : subsequent development

b : the next installment (as of a speech or story) especially : a literary, cinematic, or televised work continuing the course of a story begun in a preceding one

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Examples of sequel in a Sentence

The new film is a sequel to the very successful comedy that came out five years ago. He is busy writing the book's sequel. There is an interesting sequel to my date with her that I'll share with you later.
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Production on the sequel, It: Chapter Two, is already underway, but the cast is still growing. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""It: Chapter 2" Adds New Cast Member Taylor Frey as Gay Character Don Hagerty," 11 July 2018 The restaurant itself is a sequel to the original that opened six years ago in Lake Zurich. Donald Liebenson,, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Beelow's NorthShore in Highland Park," 11 July 2018 According to the film’s director, writer, and at least one Netflix executive, there could be a sequel to the romantic comedy sleeper hit on the way., "Set It Up...Again? Netflix Teased A Sequel & We Already Can’t Wait," 30 June 2018 So what, then, has driven inspiration and development on next year's sequel Metro Exodus? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Metro Exodus world premiere: Could this be the Half-Life 3 we always wanted?," 13 June 2018 Beyond Good and Evil 2 is the sequel to a 2003 game that wasn’t a huge seller, but cultivated a cult following. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Ubisoft Teams With Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Upcoming Game 'Beyond Good and Evil 2'," 12 June 2018 Performance capture work is already underway on the sequels, though principal photography isn't expected to begin until early 2019. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Avatar' Sequels: James Cameron Confirms Use of Sony Venice Cameras for Production," 1 June 2018 Black indicated that the band is working on a sequel to their 2006 film, The Pick of Destiny. Nick Vadala,, "Jack Black's Tenacious D coming to Philly's Fillmore this fall," 15 May 2018 Most people would rather stay home than risk their cash on another sure-to-be regrettable sequel, which is likely why millennials are no longer buying in. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "MoviePass’s All-You-Can-See Deal: The Pros and Cons," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sequel

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sequel

Middle English, from Anglo-French sequele, from Latin sequela, from sequi to follow — more at sue

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English Language Learners Definition of sequel

: a book, movie, etc., that continues a story begun in another book, movie, etc.

: something that happens after and usually as a result of a previous event


se·quel | \ˈsē-kwəl \

Kids Definition of sequel

1 : a book or movie that continues a story begun in another

2 : an event that follows or comes afterward : result


se·quel | \ˈsē-kwəl also -ˌkwel\

Medical Definition of sequel 

: sequela gangrene is…a sequel of wounds— Robert Chawner

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