a literary work, movie, etc., that is complete in itself but continues the narrative of a preceding work.
an event or circumstance following something; subsequent course of affairs.
a result, consequence, or inference.

1375–1425; late Middle English sequel(e) < Latin sequēla what follows, equivalent to sequ(ī) to follow + -ēla noun suffix

3. aftermath, upshot, outgrowth, end. Unabridged
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sequel (ˈsiːkwəl)
1.  anything that follows from something else; development
2.  a consequence or result
3.  a novel, play, etc, that continues a previously related story
[C15: from Late Latin sequēla, from Latin sequī to follow]

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Word Origin & History

c.1420, "train of followers," from O.Fr. sequelle, from L.L. sequela "that which follows, result, consequence," from sequi "to follow," from PIE base *sekw- (cf. Skt. sacate "accompanies, follows," Avestan hacaiti, Gk. hepesthai "to follow," Lith. seku "to follow," L. secundus "second, the following,"
O.Ir. sechim "I follow"). Meaning "consequence" is attested from 1477. Meaning "story that follows and continues another" first recorded 1513.
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Cultural Dictionary

sequel definition

A narrative or dramatic work complete in itself but designed to follow an earlier one. Through the Looking-Glass is a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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Example sentences for sequels
The sequels were generally considered inferior to the original.
Jaws spawned three sequels, which failed to match the success of the original.
Some purists do not even acknowledge other or future sequels of this series.
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