A novel (or film, etc.) about events that preceded and, often, led up to those of another that was published (or produced) earlier.
Webster's New World
A literary, dramatic, or cinematic work whose narrative takes place before that of a preexisting work.
Other Word Forms of Prequel
Origin of Prequel
Patterned after sequel using pre- (“before").
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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