series

noun

se·​ries ˈsir-(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce series (audio)
plural series
often attributive
1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
11
12
: three consecutive games in bowling
Phrases
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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of series was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Series.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/series. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

series

noun
se·​ries ˈsi(ə)r-ēz How to pronounce series (audio)
plural series
1
: a number of things or events arranged in order and connected by being alike in some way
a concert series
a series of talks
2
: a division of rock formations smaller than a system comprising rocks deposited during an epoch
3
: an arrangement of the parts of or elements in an electric circuit whereby the whole current passes through each part or element without branching
4
: a group of sentence elements of the same rank that follow one after another and are joined together
the phrase "a bowl of oranges, apples, and bananas" has a series of three nouns

Medical Definition

series

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