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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Of course, fans had immediate—and strong—reactions to the way showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff chose to end the epic series. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Plastic Water Bottle Somehow Made It Into the Game of Thrones Finale," 20 May 2019 For all the talk of increasing inclusivity on television, few shows walk the walk quite like Vida, the Starz series created by Tanya Saracho. Monica Castillo, Marie Claire, "Mishel Prada on How Starz's 'Vida' Is Charting Inclusive New TV Territory," 20 May 2019 Nothing is known about the other forthcoming series. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Dead May Never Die: So What's Next for Game of Thrones?," 20 May 2019 The finale left the show with more questions than answers, and legions of disappointed fans expecting better of a series that spent so much time dwelling on detail and nuance its first six seasons. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Finale Is Filled with Plot Holes and Twitter Is Calling Them All Out," 20 May 2019 From sweet matching moments to ~artsy~ photo shoots, the stars of the hit CW series never fail to bring their style A-game to any event, red carpet, or casual hangout. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The "Riverdale" Cast Walked the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet," 7 May 2019 The two characters have had a complicated relationship throughout the series — to say the least — starting out as mortal enemies on opposing sides, and finally becoming great friends. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Best Twitter Reactions to Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth’s Sex Scene on Game of Thrones," 6 May 2019 The latter half of season six will kick off May 5 at 9 p.m. and May 6 at 8 p.m. EST, after which the series will resume its regular Sunday night slot. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Watch and Stream 'When Calls the Heart' Any Time You Want," 5 May 2019 But the series also tackles some intense issues from an authentic female lens. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix’s New Show Dead to Me Is Big Little Lies–Level Addicting," 3 May 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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