Meaning of “series” in the English Dictionary

"series" in British English

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seriesnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɪə.riːz/ us /ˈsɪr.iːz/ plural series

series noun [ C ] (SET OF EVENTS)

B2 a number of similar or related events or things, one following another:

There has been a series of sexual attacks on women in the area.
She gave a series of lectures at Warwick University last year on contemporary British writers.

a number of games played one after another by two teams against each other:

The Yankees have a four-game series against the Orioles at home.
in series

Parts of an electrical system that are in series are arranged in a single line so that the current flows through each part, one after another.

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  • The initial earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks.
  • He's had a series of badly paid jobs.
  • The police are trying to determine the series of events that led up to the murder.
  • The government's reputation has already been harmed by a series of scandals.
  • There was a series of explosions and the van burst into flames .

series noun [ C ] (SET OF BROADCASTS)

B1 a set of television or radio broadcasts on the same subject or using the same characters but in different situations:

The star is to host a television series on extreme sports.
a comedy series
I missed the second episode of the series so I don't know what's going on now.

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  • He's the creator of a successful cartoon series.
  • He liked the second series but I thought it was fairly poor.
  • Alan Bennett wrote a series of monologues called Talking Hea ds.
  • A new series of wildlife programmes has started on Monday evenings.
  • She has made a series of documentaries on the subject of family relationships.

series noun [ C ] (SET OF BOOKS)

B2 a set of books published by the same company that deal with the same subject:

They do a series on architecture throughout the ages.

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  • They've just published a wine atlas series.
  • They have recently launched a new series of monographs.

(Definition of “series” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"series" in American English

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seriesnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsɪər·iz/ plural series

a number of similar or related events or things, one following another:

A series of scandals over the past year has not helped public confidence in the administration.

(Definition of “series” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"series" in Business English

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seriesnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɪəriːz/ us plural series

a number of similar or related events or things, one following another:

a series of articles/books/studies The is the first of a series of articles looking at financial instability.
a series of crimes/attacks

PRODUCTION a set or range of similar products made by a company:

The company has announced two new lines, the 2200 series and the 2300 series.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used in the name of a company's shares that have things in common, for example particular voting rights:

Shares are called Series A if they are the first batch of a series of shares issued by the company.

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

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