serial

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1840,[1][2] in reference to the books of Charles Dickens (published in sequential parts, as a series). Formed as series +‎ -al, on model of Latin seriālis, from seriēs + -ālis.

Cognate to Italian seriale.

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serial (not comparable)

  1. Having to do with or arranged in a series.
    The serial killer had a string of victims across seven states.
    He was a serial entrepreneur, always coming up with a new way to make cash.
  2. Published or produced in installments.

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serial (plural serials)

  1. A work, as a work of fiction, published in installments, often numbered and without a specified end.
  2. (computing, slang) A serial number required to activate software.
    Go to these sites for serials, cracks and keygens.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ serial” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
  2. ^ serial” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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