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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The timing is especially good with the official sequel to The Andromeda Strain, written by Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse) in collaboration with CrichtonSun, on the way and set to publish this fall. David Canfield,, "First Look: The Andromeda Strain is back with a new look for its 50th anniversary," 26 June 2019 The game, a wacky exploration into various emotional mindsets, is now a cult classic with a sequel due in 2020. Todd Martens,, "Can streaming and subscription models do for games what they’ve done for TV?," 24 June 2019 The game, a wacky exploration into various emotional mindsets, is now a cult classic with a sequel due in 2020. Todd Martens,, "Can streaming and subscription models do for games what they've done for TV?," 21 June 2019 Secret Life of Pets, Chris Renaud's animated film about what pets do when their owners are not around, is back this summer with a sequel. Kristin Vartan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Secret Life of Pets 2': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Performer," 7 June 2019 The movie has also spawned a cartoon and, more recently, a comic book sequel. Washington Post, "‘Gosh!’ Cult comedy ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ turns 15," 15 June 2019 Perhaps this is the film’s way of setting up a sequel. Andrea Reiher,, "How Netflix's Murder Mystery Ends, In Case You're Curious But Not That Curious," 15 June 2019 Sadly, the book doesn't have a sequel, but there's still plenty of ways that the show can continue after the end of season 1. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Trinkets" Season 2," 14 June 2019 In addition to the Black Panther franchise—which Lexus isn’t expected to give up though a sequel isn’t expected until 2021—the automaker will likely appear in future Marvel movies. Dale Rutledge, Fortune, "With ‘MIB: International,’ Lexus Is Cast as a Blockbuster Car for a Second Straight Summer," 14 June 2019

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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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