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prequel

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈpriː.kwəl/ us  
a film, book, or play that develops the story of an earlier film, etc. by telling you what happened before the events in the first film, etc.: Jean Rhys's novel 'Wide Sargasso Sea' is a prequel to Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'.
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