se·​quel | \ ˈsē-kwəl How to pronounce sequel (audio) 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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Recent Examples on the Web After Silence came out, Hannibal received a sequel, a prequel (both adapted into movies), and a television show. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Dark Fate of Clarice Starling," 12 Feb. 2021 The sequel Cheaper by the Dozen 2, directed by Adam Shankman, released in 2005. Mia Uzzell, Essence, "Gabrielle Union Cast In ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’ Remake," 29 Jan. 2021 The lead up to the sequel, which explores the Regan-era life of Princess Diana of Themyscira, kicked off earlier this month with a global slate of premieres and a full-scale press tour. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Gal Gadot Finds a Runway Look Fit for a Superhero," 17 Dec. 2020 Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith return to voice the characters from the 2005 family hit in this blockbuster sequel. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 30 Best Movies for Kids on Netflix," 18 Jan. 2021 Garris's directorial debut was this underfunded monsters-featuring sequel to the 1986's Critters. Clark Collis,, "From Critters 2 to Nightmare Cinema: Mick Garris' life in horror," 26 Oct. 2020 To my dismay, the sequel, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the bash-fest Nintendo released in November, didn’t scratch my itch for sweeping, soothing landscapes and low-stakes puzzle solving during a year of high-stakes reality. Keema Waterfield, Wired, "The Legend of Zelda, 'Dinky,' and a Bridge to My Daughter," 19 Jan. 2021 Olsen has been confirmed to appear in the horror-leaning Doctor Strange sequel (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), and the Disney+ series' reality-altering storyline definitely plays into the idea of a multiverse. Ineye Komonibo,, "A Brief But Necessary Primer For WandaVision (Because It’s Getting Weird)," 16 Jan. 2021 The studio announced the upcoming sequel, Disenchanted, for the streamer on December’s Disney Investor Day. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "Your Prince Patrick Dempsey Returns for the Upcoming Disney+ Enchanted Sequel," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Sequel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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