Definitions for prequelˈpri kwəl
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word prequel
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a sequel to a film, play, or piece of fiction that prefigures the original, as by portraying the same characters at a younger age.
Category: Literature, Showbiz
Origin of prequel:
1970–75; pre - + (se )quel
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.
Origin: Patterned after sequel using pre-.
A prequel is a literary, dramatic, or filmic work whose story precedes that of a previous work, by focusing on events that occur before the original narrative. A prequel is a work that forms part of a back-story to the preceding work. Like sequels, prequels may or may not concern the same plot as the work from which they are derived. Often, they explain the background which led to the events in the original, but sometimes the connections are not as explicit. Sometimes, prequels play on the fact that the audience knows what will happen next, using deliberate references to create dramatic irony. The term is a 20th-century neologism, from pre- and -quel.
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