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Meaning of “serial” in the English Dictionary

"serial" in British English

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serialadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈsɪə.ri.əl/  us   /ˈsɪr.i-/
C1 used to ​describe a ​person who ​repeatedlycommits a ​similarcrime or ​carries out a ​similarbadact, or the ​crime or ​act itself: She ​wrote a ​thriller about a ​brutal serial killer/​murderer. a serial ​adulterer/​womaniser serial ​murders/​killings

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serialnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɪə.ri.əl/  us   /ˈsɪr.i-/
C1 a ​story on ​television or ​radio or in a ​newspaper, etc. that is ​broadcast or ​printed in ​separateparts: Most of her ​novels have been made into television serials at some ​time.
(Definition of serial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"serial" in American English

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serialadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈsɪər·i·əl/
happening one after another in ​time or ​order: She’s the ​librarian in ​charge of serial publications (= ​magazines, ​newspapers, etc., that ​appear at ​regularperiods).

serialnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɪər·i·əl/
a ​storyprinted in a ​newspaper or ​magazine or ​broadcast on ​television or ​radio in several ​parts
(Definition of serial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"serial" in Business English

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serialadjective

uk   us   /ˈsɪəriəl/
used to describe something that is done in a ​series: The novels were first ​published in serial ​form.
used to describe someone who does something several ​times: A serial ​litigantearned thousands of ​pounds by ​claimingageism.
IT used to describe ​computerdata that is ​sent one ​unit at a ​time: Serial ​datatransmission implies that one ​bit is ​sent after another.
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(Definition of serial from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “serial”
in Arabic قِصَّة مُسَلْسَلة…
in Korean 연속극…
in Portuguese seriado…
in Catalan serial…
in Japanese 連載物, 続き物…
in Chinese (Simplified) (重罪案犯或重案)连环的,连续的…
in Turkish dizi, seri…
in Russian сериал…
in Chinese (Traditional) (重罪案犯或重案)連環的,連續的…
in Italian serial, sceneggiato a puntate…
in Polish serial…
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