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English definition of “serial”

serial

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈsɪə.ri.əl/ us    /ˈsɪr.i-/
C1 describes a person who repeatedly commits the same serious crime, often using the same method, or a serious crime that is committed repeatedly by one person: She wrote a thriller about a brutal serial killer. a serial rapist serial murders/killings

serial

noun [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 separate parts: Most of her novels have been made into television serials at some time.
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