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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: pre- + -quel (as in sequel)

prequel

noun
     
Related topics: Arts, Newspapers, Publishing
pre‧quel [countable]
TCNA a book, film etc that tells you what happened before the story told in a previous popular book or film [↪ sequel]
prequel to
'The Phantom Menace' is a prequel to 'Star Wars'.

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