subplot

[ suhb-plot ]
/ ˈsʌbˌplɒt /
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noun

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

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Origin of subplot

First recorded in 1915–20; sub- + plot

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British Dictionary definitions for subplot

subplot

/ (ˈsʌbˌplɒt) /

noun

a subordinate or auxiliary plot in a novel, play, film, etc
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Word Origin and History for subplot

subplot

n.

also sub-plot, 1812 in literature, from sub- + plot (n.).

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