prequel

[ pree-kwuh l ]
/ ˈpri kwəl /

noun

a literary, dramatic, or filmic work that prefigures a later work, as by portraying the same characters at a younger age.

Nearby words

  1. preputial,
  2. preputial gland,
  3. preputiotomy,
  4. preputium,
  5. prepyloric vein,
  6. prereading,
  7. prerecord,
  8. prerecorded,
  9. prerelease,
  10. prerequisite

Origin of prequel

First recorded in 1970–75; pre- + (se)quel

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British Dictionary definitions for prequel

prequel

/ (ˈpriːkwəl) /

noun

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 for prequel

C20: from pre- + (se) quel

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Word Origin and History for prequel

prequel

n.

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

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