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 Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is writing, directing, and executive producing a sequel series to Nicholas Hytner's 2000 film for Sony Television, EW has learned. Nick Romano,, "Center Stage TV series dances ahead with Sweet/Vicious creator," 12 May 2020 The sequel film also stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and Glen Powell. Eric Todisco,, "Val Kilmer Reveals He Didn’t Want to Be in Top Gun Originally: ‘The Story Didn’t Interest Me’," 21 Apr. 2020 Universal rescheduled the release of the Fast & Furious sequel, F9, from April of this year until April of 2021. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Universal Pictures is releasing its current movies online because of coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 The reboot, which will air on new streaming service HBO Max, is currently building its ensemble cast, and Variety reports that actress Emily Alyn Lind is among the first to officially join the ranks of the sequel series. Ineye Komonibo,, "It Looks Like The Gossip Girl Reboot Just Cast Our New Serena Van Der Woodsen," 2 Mar. 2020 Most of the remainder are films such as Fast & The Furious sequels, Toy Story 4, and Despicable Me 3, with an occasional outlier like Bohemian Rhapsody. Matthew Ball,, "Hollywood Box Office Booms Even as Americans Stay Home and Chill," 1 May 2020 Author Liane Moriarty had not written a sequel to her bestselling novel, but did just for the show's second season. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will Little Fires Everywhere Get a Season 2?," 22 Apr. 2020 Originally titled The Cellar, this taut thriller was branded as a spiritual sequel to the 2008 disaster film Cloverfield. David Sims, The Atlantic, "22 Movies About the End of the World to Watch Now," 18 Apr. 2020 Even Abrams' fellow Star Wars sequel trilogy director, Rian Johnson, has his own Greg Grunberg in actor/best friend Noah Segan. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Star Wars' Actor Greg Grunberg Pours Cold Water on 'Rise of Skywalker' Director's Cut," 20 Mar. 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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21 May 2020

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“Sequel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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