- The definition of a subplot is an additional story line to the main plot of a fictional story.
An example of a subplot is a Civil War movie that also features a love story.
subplot definition by Webster's New World
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a secondary plot in a play, novel, etc.
subplot definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A plot subordinate to the main plot of a literary work or film. Also called counterplot, underplot.
- A subdivision of a plot of land, especially a plot used for experimental purposes.