Definition of sequel in English:

sequel

noun

  • 1A published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one.

    ‘the sequel to Home Alone’
    ‘The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel’
    • ‘Studio execs in Hollywood are apparently looking for more original blockbusters and less sequels.’
    • ‘If all its sequels and spin-offs ran continuously on a single channel, it would play for over a month.’
    • ‘I've actually got to figure out a place to end this so I can start the sequel to this story.’
    • ‘It's a stronger and funnier movie and, for a change, more of a new story than a simple sequel.’
    • ‘It was one of the most anticipated sequels in motion picture history.’
    • ‘This, the original, was an enormous hit in its native Hong Kong and has already spawned a prequel, with a sequel on the way.’
    • ‘Was intimidation ever a factor when working on a sequel to an extremely popular film?’
    • ‘Four of his hit films have had sequels, and each one of the follow-ups has been a colossal misfire.’
    • ‘Mostly reviled as trash, I was one of the few that found the sequel to be a fun and goofy romp.’
    • ‘Old horror monsters never die, they just wait a few years for a new sequel to come along.’
    • ‘Still grounded in realism, unlike its sequels, this film is arguably the best of the bunch.’
    • ‘Beyond that, I have other stories to post, and I'm considering writing a sequel to this story.’
    • ‘Is it a worthy sequel to the first film?’
    • ‘Since this is a Hollywood movie we're talking out, the inevitable sequel was expected.’
    • ‘For a low-budget horror sequel, the movie tries pretty hard.’
    • ‘As many film-makers know, the sequel to a blockbuster is never as good as the original.’
    • ‘They have to put up with some shoddy sequels to groundbreaking originals.’
    • ‘Over the years, three sequels followed, each worse than its predecessor.’
    • ‘I know you are working on a sequel to the book.’
    • ‘An attractive idea for a sequel to this book would be a discussion of such issues.’
    follow-up, continuation
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    1. 1.1Something that takes place after or as a result of an earlier event.
      ‘this encouragement to grow potatoes had a disastrous sequel some fifty years later’
      • ‘The tsunami has certainly equipped a number of people with the skills to handle post disaster emotional and psychological sequels.’
      consequence, result, upshot, outcome, development, issue, end, conclusion, postscript
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Phrases

    in the sequel
    British formal
    • As things develop.

      ‘this modification of style, as will become clearer in the sequel, does not invalidate our earlier approach’
      • ‘Other points will become clearer in the sequel.’
      • ‘That this should be the case will become clearer in the sequel.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the senses ‘body of followers’, ‘descendants’ and ‘consequence’): from Old French sequelle or Latin sequella, from sequi ‘follow’.

Pronunciation

sequel

/ˈsiːkw(ə)l/