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[pree-kwuh l]
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  1. a literary, dramatic, or filmic work that prefigures a later work, as by portraying the same characters at a younger age.
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Origin of prequel

First recorded in 1970–75; pre- + (se)quel
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British Dictionary definitions for prequel


  1. 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
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Word Origin for prequel

C20: from pre- + (se) quel
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Word Origin and History for prequel


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

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