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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: series

serial

2 adjective
     
serial2 [only before noun]
1

serial killer/murderer etc

SCC someone who commits the same crime several times:
a serial rapist
2

serial killings/murders etc

crimes that are done in the same way several times
3 arranged or happening one after the other in the correct order:
Keep the questions in the same serial order.
4 printed or broadcast in several separate parts:
cheap serial publications
serially adverb

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