[ 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

First recorded in 1970–75; pre- + (se)quel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prequel


/ (ˈpriːkwəl) /


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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