subplot

noun
sub·​plot | \ ˈsəb-ˌplät How to pronounce subplot (audio) \

Definition of subplot

1 : a subordinate plot in fiction or drama
2 : a subdivision of an experimental plot of land

Examples of subplot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All become entangled in Sill’s desire to own what’s inside Fort Knox, with a subplot involving the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2022 The biggest curveball Peele throws us, though, concerns a subplot involving Steven Yeun's character Jupe, a former child star. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 22 July 2022 There’s also a subplot involving a former child actor (Steven Yeun) from a 1990s sitcom starring a chimpanzee that infamously went berserk (in suitably horrific, bloody fashion), but that narrative pretty much goes nowhere. Michael O'sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2022 There’s also a subplot involving a former child actor (Steven Yeun) from a 1990s sitcom starring a chimpanzee that infamously went berserk (in suitably horrific, bloody fashion), but that narrative pretty much goes nowhere. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 And before that, HBO's Watchmen had a subplot involving the lawman Bass Reeves, the West's first Black deputy U.S. Marshall. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 18 Mar. 2022 The movie has a strong ending, and its heart is in the right place, but it’s also all over the place and has a very dumb subplot involving a cat. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 18 June 2021 One striking subplot in this story is the degree of state involvement in China’s big businesses: 87 of the companies from mainland China on this year’s list are majority or entirely government-owned. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, 6 Aug. 2022 Similarly, Greg Kinnear feels stranded in a subplot about a cop working the case that ends up diluting the energy and verve of what’s happening in the prison. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of subplot

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2022

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“Subplot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subplot. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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