from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A literary, dramatic, or cinematic work whose narrative takes place before that of a preexisting work or a sequel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.


pre- + (se)quel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Patterned after sequel using pre- ("before"). (Wiktionary)



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