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 release became a favorite of hip-hop connoisseurs for its abstract production and politically progressive lyrics; all these years later, recent hints at a sequel have garnered headlines. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 But Grant won’t be around to help the Retrievers strive for a worthy sequel next season. Jonas Shaffer,, "For UMBC men's basketball, March Madness still lingers at summer camps," 10 July 2018 The formula is expertly refined on Beast Mode 2, a sequel in which Zaytoven ups his game significantly, and Future coolly reaches ecstatic peaks, shifting between heartbroken, ruined, and introspective, and joyous, energetic, and charming. Will Schube, Billboard, "Zaytoven and Future Are Just Like Bruddas on 'Beast Mode 2'," 9 July 2018 Depending on the outcome, the film may have a good sequel. The Economist, "Glencore faces a DoJ probe stretching from Africa to the Americas," 5 July 2018 Surprised by the album’s sales numbers, the record company approached the Who front man about a Daltrey-Johnson sequel. Dave Gil De Rubio, Detroit Free Press, "Roger Daltrey teams with DSO for Meadow Brook performance of 'Tommy'," 3 July 2018 So much for class in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, a sequel directed by Stefano Sollima (whose credits include the Italian TV series Gomorrah). Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado Returns to the Border," 28 June 2018 And Roger Rabbit was the rare box office hit that didn’t garner a sequel (though its title character starred in a handful of animated shorts). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Chinatown, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and L.A. Confidential explore the shady deals that built the sprawling megalopolis.," 22 June 2018 The first half plays near the film's opening to quickly explain its political debate, and the second half plays at the end to loudly hint at a sequel. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review: This nonsense has gone full Sharknado," 22 June 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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