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.əl/

serial adjective [ before noun ] (CRIMINAL/CRIME)

C1 used to describe a person who repeatedly commits a similar crime or carries out a similar bad act, or the crime or act itself:

She wrote a thriller about a brutal serial killer/murderer.

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serialnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɪə.ri.əl/ us /ˈsɪr.i.əl/

C1 a story on television or radio or in a newspaper, etc. that is broadcast or printed in separate parts:

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 regular periods).

serialnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsɪər·i·əl/

a story printed 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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uk /ˈsɪəriəl/ us

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 litigant earned thousands of pounds by claiming ageism.

IT used to describe computer data that is sent one unit at a time:

Serial data transmission implies that one bit is sent after another.

(Definition of “serial” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)