tril·​o·​gy | \ ˈtri-lə-jē How to pronounce trilogy (audio) \
plural trilogies

Definition of trilogy

: a series of three dramas or literary works or sometimes three musical compositions that are closely related and develop a single theme

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Dozens of tragic trilogies were written for the Greek stage, though only one, Aeschylus's great Oresteia (consisting of Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, *and *The Eumenides), has survived complete. Authors in later years have occasionally chosen to create trilogies to allow themselves to develop a highly complex story or cover a long span of time. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings wasn't actually intended as a trilogy, but since it was published in three volumes it's usually called one. George Lucas's three original Star Wars movies are an example of a film trilogy (which he followed many years later by another).

Examples of trilogy in a Sentence

the last book in the trilogy

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The first book in the trilogy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, came out earlier this year to rave reviews. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "George R.R. Martin may never finish those books. Here’s what to read while you wait," 24 Aug. 2019 Dmitry Glukhovsky's trilogy of Metro novels has been a global best-seller, and the series was turned into a hit series of first-person shooter video games by 4A Games and publishers THQ. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gazprom Media to Adapt Sci-Fi Epic 'Metro 2033' as Feature Film," 23 Aug. 2019 Comic creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s original version of Spider-Man mostly carried through to Sam Raimi’s original trilogy of Spider-Man films, which were released between 2002 and 2007. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 Prior to the release of The Big Day, Chance placed his trilogy of mixtapes on streaming services. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Chance the Rapper Sets Extensive North American Tour: See the Dates," 29 July 2019 Myke Cole is best known for his fantasy work, including his military-focused urban fantasy Shadow Ops series and his more traditionally epic fantasy Sacred Throne trilogy. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Author Myke Cole talks writing hard science fiction in his space-set Coast Guard novel Sixteenth Watch," 15 July 2019 The original His Dark Materials trilogy consists of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The His Dark Materials Books Are Being Adapted into a TV Show. Here's Everything We Know.," 28 Feb. 2019 This new era of Star Wars doesn't quite live up to its original trilogy, but new Star Wars is new Star Wars. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 His trilogy on 19th-century Brazil has sold 2.5 million copies. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "A Symbol of Brazil’s Indifference to History," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of trilogy

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trilogy

Greek trilogia, from tri- + -logia -logy

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The first known use of trilogy was circa 1661

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English Language Learners Definition of trilogy

: a series of three novels, movies, etc., that are closely related and involve the same characters or themes

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