serial

[ seer-ee-uh l ]
/ ˈsɪər i əl /

noun

anything published, broadcast, etc., in short installments at regular intervals, as a novel appearing in successive issues of a magazine.
Library Science. a publication in any medium issued in successive parts bearing numerical or chronological designation and intended to be continued indefinitely.

adjective

Origin of serial

From the New Latin word seriālis, dating back to 1835–45. See series, -al1
Related formsse·ri·al·ly, adverbnon·se·ri·al, noun, adjectivenon·se·ri·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcereal serial
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British Dictionary definitions for serial killer (1 of 2)

serial killer


noun

a person who carries out a series of murders

British Dictionary definitions for serial killer (2 of 2)

serial

/ (ˈsɪərɪəl) /

noun

a novel, play, etc, presented in separate instalments at regular intervals
a publication, usually regularly issued and consecutively numbered

adjective

Derived Formsserially, adverb

Word Origin for serial

C19: from New Latin seriālis, from Latin seriēs series
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