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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And with popular actors Ross Butler and Jordan Fisher recently joining the upcoming Netflix sequel, the already-cool squad just got even cooler. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Behind the Scenes Moments From the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" Sequel," 6 Apr. 2019 Expect more of the same in the sequel, which is totally okay with us. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 So naturally there would be a sequel, building on the film's final moments. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "It’s a fight against bubblegum pastels in trailer for The Lego Movie 2," 21 Nov. 2018 Now that the sequel Red Dead Redemption 2 is on the way, there's never been a better time to reflect on them. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "'Red Dead Redemption 2' Trailer Shows Off Your Gunslinging Superpowers," 1 Oct. 2018 And while her role in the first film was somewhat muted, expect Mary Jane to play a way more crucial part in the sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is about to go into production. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Zendaya Says She Regularly Auditions for Roles Written for White Women," 7 Aug. 2018 In too many superhero movies and especially sequels, characters don’t as much talk to one another as advance the story in between big blocks of action. Chris Mckenna, New York Times, "Review: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Save the World! With Jokes!," 4 July 2018 The actor is set to play Tom Cruise’s protégé in the Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, Variety reports. Alexia Fernandez,, "Miles Teller Set to Play Goose's Son Opposite Tom Cruise in the Top Gun Sequel," 3 July 2018 According to Buzzfeed, the sequel will pick up right after the events in the first film, when Amber (Rose McIver) aided Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) in securing the crown. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Hooray! Netflix Is Releasing A Sequel To "A Christmas Prince"," 21 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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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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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