sequel

noun
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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The sequel to The Addams Family features an incredible plotline in which Christina Ricci’s Wednesday Addams stages an insane reproduction of the story of Thanksgiving at her summer camp. Vogue, "13 Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018 Based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling 2013 novel, which spawned two sequels, Crazy Rich Asians is the first major studio movie in 25 years to feature a cast that’s majority Asian-American and Asian. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians: 5 things to know about the effervescent rom-com," 10 Aug. 2018 The surprise story at this summer’s box office hasn’t been superhero movies or franchise sequels (the ongoing success of both, of course, being no surprise). David Sims, The Atlantic, "What’s Driving Documentaries to Box-Office Success?," 11 July 2018 Neeson was replaced by Arnold Vosloo in the two direct-to-video sequels. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018 The film would spawn four sequels, which play in a row on Sundance: MAGNUM FORCE at 8:15, THE ENFORCER at 10:45, THE DEAD POOL at 12:45 a.m. and SUDDEN IMPACT at 2:45. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: Fireworks and ‘Captain America’," 4 July 2018 The original movie came out 17 years ago, in 2001, and its sequel came out in 2003. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "Legally Blonde 3, fanny pack sandals and more conversation starters for your weekend," 8 June 2018 Its starry charm was backed by a breezy and deceptively dense script full of memorable characters, dizzyingly complex logistics and lively filmmaking that even Soderbergh himself couldn’t re-create in the two sequels. Lindsey Bahr, kansascity, "‘Ocean’s 8’ cruises through familiar waters with its talented all-star cast," 7 June 2018 Stars Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita appeared in two sequels in 1986 and 1989. Chris Morris, Fortune, "'The Karate Kid': 33 Years of Pop Culture Domination Culminates in 'Cobra Kai,' a YouTube Sequel," 2 May 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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sequel

noun

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

sequel

noun
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

sequel

noun
se·​quel | \ ˈsē-kwəl also -ˌkwel\

Medical Definition of sequel

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

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