segue

[ sey-gwey, seg-wey ]
/ ˈseɪ gweɪ, ˈsɛg weɪ /

verb (used without object), se·gued, se·gue·ing.

to continue at once with the next musical section or composition (often used as a musical direction).
to perform in the manner of the preceding section (used as a musical direction).
to make a transition from one thing to another smoothly and without interruption: The conversation segued from travel anecdotes to food.

noun

an uninterrupted transition made between one musical section or composition and another.
any smooth, uninterrupted transition from one thing to another.

Nearby words

  1. segregation analysis,
  2. segregation ratio,
  3. segregationist,
  4. segregator,
  5. segrè,
  6. seguidilla,
  7. seguin,
  8. segura,
  9. segway,
  10. sehna knot

Origin of segue

1850–55; < Italian: (there) follows, 3rd person singular present indicative of seguireLatin sequī to follow. See sue

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British Dictionary definitions for segue

segue

/ (ˈsɛɡweɪ) /

verb segues, segueing or segued (intr)

(often foll by into) to proceed from one section or piece of music to another without a break
(imperative) play on without pause: a musical direction

noun

the practice or an instance of playing music in this way

Word Origin for segue

from Italian: follows, from seguire to follow, from Latin sequī

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Word Origin and History for segue

segue

n.

1740, an instruction in musical scores, from Italian segue, literally "now follows," meaning to play into the following movement without a break, third person singular of seguire "to follow," from Latin sequi "to follow," from PIE *sekw- (1) "to follow" (see sequel). Extended noun sense of "transition without a break" is from 1937; the verb in this sense is first recorded 1958.

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