a literary work, movie, etc., that is complete in itself but continues the narrative of a preceding work.
an event or circumstance following something; subsequent course of affairs.
a result, consequence, or inference.

Origin of sequel

1375–1425; late Middle English sequel(e) < Latin sequēla what follows, equivalent to sequ(ī) to follow + -ēla noun suffix

Synonyms for sequel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sequel

Contemporary Examples of sequel

Historical Examples of sequel

  • The second paper of Mr. Gladstone upon the same subject was a sequel to the first.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Her woman's intuition divined a sequel to the afternoon's drama.


    William J. Locke

  • It was not the last of my affairs with them, however, as will be seen in the sequel.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The manner in which I gratified this wish, and the consequences to which it led, will be seen in the sequel.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Let us now resume the sequel of the Geographical Description of Louisiana.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

British Dictionary definitions for sequel



anything that follows from something else; development
a consequence or result
a novel, play, etc, that continues a previously related story

Word Origin for sequel

C15: from Late Latin sequēla, from Latin sequī to follow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sequel

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sequel in Culture


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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