Dictionary.com

subplot

[ suhb-plot ]
/ ˈsʌbˌplɒt /
Save This Word!

noun

a secondary or subordinate plot, as in a play, novel, or other literary work; underplot.Compare counterplot (def. 2).

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of subplot

First recorded in 1915–20; sub- + plot
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for subplot

British Dictionary definitions for subplot

subplot
/ (ˈsʌbˌplɒt) /

noun

a subordinate or auxiliary plot in a novel, play, film, etc
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
Tired of Typos? Get Help Now!