sub·​plot ˈsəb-ˌplät How to pronounce subplot (audio)
: a subordinate plot in fiction or drama
: a subdivision of an experimental plot of land

Examples of subplot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a kidnapping subplot featuring Fox’s longtime BFF and collaborator Richie Shazam, who has to be rescued by Fox and two comely dommes-cum-superheroes (played by Fox’s friends and fellow downtown fixtures Sara Apple Maliki and Alexandra Harris). Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2024 Six episodes isn’t enough to serve multiple subplots, but Maxton Hall squeezes them in anyway: James’ gay friend Alistair (Justus Riesner) nurses a crush on his classmate, and Lydia frets over a secret romance that could upend her life. Kristen Baldwin,, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for subplot 

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of subplot was in 1812

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“Subplot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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sub·​plot ˈsəb-ˌplät How to pronounce subplot (audio)
: a subordinate plot in fiction or drama

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