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sequel

[see-kwuh l] /ˈsi kwəl/
noun
1.
a literary work, movie, etc., that is complete in itself but continues the narrative of a preceding work.
2.
an event or circumstance following something; subsequent course of affairs.
3.
a result, consequence, or inference.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English sequel(e) < Latin sequēla what follows, equivalent to sequ(ī) to follow + -ēla noun suffix
Synonyms
3. aftermath, upshot, outgrowth, end.
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Examples from the web 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.
British Dictionary definitions for sequels

sequel

/ˈsiːkwəl/
noun
1.
anything that follows from something else; development
2.
a consequence or result
3.
a novel, play, etc, that continues a previously related story
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin sequēla, from Latin sequī to follow
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Word Origin and History for sequels

sequel

n.

early 15c., "train of followers," from Old French sequelle (14c.), from Late Latin sequela "that which follows, result, consequence," from sequi "to follow, come after, follow after, attend, follow naturally," from PIE root *sekw- (1) "to follow" (cf. Sanskrit sacate "accompanies, follows," Avestan hacaiti, Greek hepesthai "to follow," Lithuanian seku "to follow," Latin secundus "second, the following," Old Irish sechim "I follow"). Meaning "consequence" is attested from late 15c. Meaning "story that follows and continues another" first recorded 1510s.

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sequels in Culture

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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