[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. sergius iii,
  2. sergius iv,
  3. sergiyev posad,
  4. sergt,
  5. seri,
  6. serial correlation,
  7. serial extraction,
  8. serial killer,
  9. serial monogamy,
  10. serial number

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 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 Formsserially, adverb

Word Origin for serial

C19: from New Latin seriālis, from Latin seriēs series

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Word Origin and History for serially
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