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[pree-kwuh l] /ˈpri kwəl/
a literary, dramatic, or filmic work that prefigures a later work, as by portraying the same characters at a younger age.
Origin of prequel
1970-75; pre- + (se)quel Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prequel
  • Too bad neither prequel nor sequel could logically bring them all together again.
  • It would also work well as a prequel to reading the novel.
  • We think the registered traveler program with frequent flyers is a good place to start, but that could also be a prequel.
  • Position design and descriptions, then, are a required prequel to recruitment.
  • The gentle pencil, watercolor and acrylic illustrations make this a perfectly cozy bedtime prequel.
British Dictionary definitions for prequel


a film or book about an earlier stage of a story or a character's life, released because the later part of it has already been successful
Word Origin
C20: from pre- + (se)quel
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Word Origin and History for prequel

1973, from pre-, based on sequel (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for prequel



A book, episode, etc, that precedes an existing work in time •Not very precisely differentiated from flashback: what Hollywood calls a ''prequel,'' an adventure that takes place at the start of his career

[1973+; based on sequel]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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