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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Last night, the show returned for season two and cemented the Killing Eve legacy: This is a spy series made by and for women. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Killing Eve Is Made for Women By Women, and It Shows," 8 Apr. 2019 Boston's viral moment was picked up by news.com.au after his mom, Tara Simich, posted a series of photos showcasing his amazing (and massive) mop of hair. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Meet Boston, the 4-Month-Old Going Viral for His Long, Spiky Hair," 3 Apr. 2019 The way things are right now this would be a first-round playoff series. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Breaking down the NBA playoff races, which are winding down," 25 Mar. 2019 And nowadays there is hardly a television drama series that does not open with the slaughter and evisceration of some faceless young woman. John Banville, WSJ, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019 Love Stories is a series about love in all its forms, with one new essay appearing each day until Valentine’s Day. Jason Sheeler, Vogue, "How George Michael, A Buddhist Monk, and A Stripper Saved My Life," 14 Feb. 2019 The background of the painting depicts a view of Salisbury Crags, which are a series of cliffs in nearby Holyrood Park, reports E!. The Queen finished off her look with a white dress underneath the robe and pearl drop earrings. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth II Has a Regal New Portrait in Scotland," 30 Nov. 2018 Matt Cohen in real life, has decided to walk away from his role on the series. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Real Reason Why Matt Cohen A.K.A. Griffin Is Leaving 'General Hospital'," 25 Mar. 2019 Now, the 21-year-old is making waves on the series again. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'American Idol' Winner Maddie Poppe Is Unrecognizable in the New Season," 24 Mar. 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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