Prequel meaning

prēkwəl
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A literary, dramatic, or cinematic work whose narrative takes place before that of a preexisting work.
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A novel (or film, etc.) about events that preceded and, often, led up to those of another that was published (or produced) earlier.
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(narratology) In a series of works, an installment that is set chronologically before its predecessor, especially the original narrative or (perhaps improper usage) any narrative work with at least one sequel.
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Origin of prequel

  • pre– (se)quel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Patterned after sequel using pre- (“before").

    From Wiktionary