se·​quel | \ ˈsē-kwəl also -ˌkwel How to pronounce sequel (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The brainchild of Doug Melville, the chief diversity officer of TBWA, the project was inspired by the casting of a black actress as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter sequel The Cursed Child. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How to Mess Up Black History Month," 6 Feb. 2020 While the actor has been keeping it low-key these last few years, the Wonder Woman sequel is out in June, as is an Agatha Christie mystery in October. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel: Gal Gadot Sleeps Like a Baby on a Plane," 31 Jan. 2020 After a disappointed Moira wrapped production on the sequel in the fifth season, its release was postponed indefinitely — until Interflix acquired it and saved the day. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "‘Schitt’s Creek’ has a trailer for ‘The Crows Have Eyes 3.’ And it’s bonkers," 28 Jan. 2020 But the 2005 sequel is still a massively important moment in the history of games, and with the VR prequel on the way, now is a good time to check it out. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Legitimately Done," 24 Jan. 2020 But the sequel de-emphasizes the last Doom's sharp narrative design, immersive environments, and subtle character-building moments (like dismissively punching away a robot that just gave the Doom Slayer a valuable upgrade). Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Doom Eternal hands-on: It’s more, more, more—and maybe just a little bit less, too," 23 Jan. 2020 In the two years that Condor has seen her star power rise, as well as filming back-to-back sequels for the 22-year-old actress has prioritized making time for self-care and learning to love and accept the body she was born with. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Condor on Self-Care, Loving Yourself, and What She’s Learned from Lara Jean," 23 Jan. 2020 From the nation’s No. 69 offense averaging 402 yards a game in 2018, the sequel leads all FBS teams averaging 564 yards. Michael Casagrande |, al, "How 2018 Alabama rout of LSU lit fuse for historic turnaround," 12 Jan. 2020 The follow-up to Lifetime’s explosive docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, the sequel examined the aftermath of Kelly’s arrest in 2019 and the charges brought against him. Paula Rogo, Essence, "'Surviving R. Kelly' Sequel Increases Calls To Sexual Assault Hotline By 40%," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of sequel was in the 15th century

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13 Feb 2020

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“Sequel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce sequel (audio) \

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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