series

noun, often attributive
se·​ries | \ ˈsir-(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce series (audio) \
plural series

Definition of series

1a : a number of things or events of the same class coming one after another in spatial or temporal succession a concert series the hall opened into a series of small rooms
b : a set of regularly presented television programs each of which is complete in itself
2 : the indicated sum of a usually infinite sequence of numbers
3a : the coins or currency of a particular country and period
b : a group of postage stamps in different denominations
4 : a succession of volumes or issues published with related subjects or authors, similar format and price, or continuous numbering
5 : a division of rock formations that is smaller than a system and comprises rocks deposited during an epoch
6 : a group of chemical compounds related in composition and structure
7 : an arrangement of the parts of or elements in an electric circuit whereby the whole current passes through each part or element without branching — compare parallel
8 : a set of vowels connected by ablaut (such as i, a, u in ring, rang, rung)
9 : a number of games (as of baseball) played usually on consecutive days between two teams in town for a 3-game series
10 : a group of successive coordinate sentence elements joined together
12 : three consecutive games in bowling
in series
: in a serial or series arrangement

Examples of series in a Sentence

a five-part series on the history of baseball a series of articles on global warming The Yankees played a three-game series against the Red Sox last week. The play-off series between the two teams begins next week.
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The Ukrainian television series Servant of the People, which aired from 2015 until this year, is the story of Vasyl Holoborodko, a dedicated history teacher in his late thirties who lives with his parents. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "Ukraine’s New Leading Man," 17 June 2019 Your preschool-aged kiddos get to join their favorite pups from the animated series for a heroic musical sing-a-long adventure, Dec. 27-29. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Paw Patrol' is ready for action and rolling into Louisville with a live show," 17 June 2019 The creator of more than one hundred works—from a wealth of darkly hilarious books to the animated opening sequence of the PBS television series Mystery!—Gorey was a master of the amusing, the strange, and the unexpected. The Reader's Catalog, "Edward Gorey “Life is Sweet” Sterling Silver Pin," 17 June 2019 The free series runs most Mondays and Fridays (plus Sept. 1) through Sept. 7 at the lakefront, 10275 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Dragon Boat Challenge, Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival and more," 16 June 2019 Since her return to the United States, Ms. Knox has been involved with the Innocence Project and has hosted a Facebook series and a podcast on true crime for Sundance on justice issues. New York Times, "Amanda Knox in Italy: ‘I Am Not a Monster’," 16 June 2019 When Mirabelli tripled into that huge right-center gap in 2000, during the Giants first regular-season series at their new ballpark, that distant triangle got its name. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Welcome to Vogtville — catcher’s two triples lead Giants in big comeback win," 15 June 2019 Jack Mayfield tied an Astros rookie record with three doubles while Yordan Álvarez annihilated another home run as the Astros cruised to a 7-2, series-clinching win against the Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park on Saturday. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Jack Mayfield, Yordan Álvarez spark Astros over Blue Jays," 15 June 2019 In addition to helming psychological thriller Always Shine with Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald, Takal recently worked for Blumhouse on their anthology series Into the Dark. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Remake Of Black Christmas Just Scored A Killer Feminist Update," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of series

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for series

Latin, from serere to join, link together; akin to Greek eirein to string together, hormos chain, necklace, and perhaps to Latin sort-, sors lot

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series

noun

English Language Learners Definition of series

: a number of things or events that are arranged or happen one after the other
: a set of regularly presented television shows involving the same group of characters or the same subject
: a set of books, articles, etc., that involve the same group of characters or the same subject

series

noun
se·​ries | \ ˈsir-ēz How to pronounce series (audio) \
plural series

Kids Definition of series

: a number of things or events arranged in order and connected by being alike in some way the third book in the series On either side of the rut were a series of ledges.— Louis Sachar, Holes

series

noun
se·​ries | \ ˈsi(ə)r-(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce series (audio) \
plural series

Medical Definition of series

1 : a number of things or events of the same class coming one after another in spatial or temporal succession described a new series of cases
2 : a group of specimens or types progressively differing from each other in some morphological or physiological attribute a series of antitoxins
3 : a group of chemical compounds related in composition and structure

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