[ seer-ee-uh l ]
/ ˈsɪər i əl /


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.


Origin of serial

From the New Latin word seriālis, dating back to 1835–45. See series, -al1

Related forms

se·ri·al·ly, adverbnon·se·ri·al, noun, adjectivenon·se·ri·al·ly, adverb

Can be confused

cereal serial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for serially


/ (ˈsɪərɪəl) /


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


Derived Forms

serially, adverb

Word Origin for serial

C19: from New Latin seriālis, from Latin seriēs series
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