1840, in reference to the books of Charles Dickens (published in sequential parts, as a series). Formed as series + -al, on model of Latin seriālis, from seriēs + -ālis.

Cognate to Italian seriale.

  • IPA: /ˈsɪəɹiːəɫ/

serial (not comparable)

  1. Having to do with or arranged in a series.
    The serial killer had a string of victims across seven states.
    He was a serial entrepreneur, always coming up with a new way to make cash.
  2. Published or produced in installments.
Synonyms Translations
  • German: Serien-
  • Portuguese: serial
  • Spanish: en serie
Translations Noun

serial (plural serials)

  1. A work, such as a work of fiction, published in installments, often numbered and without a specified end.
  2. A publication issued in successive parts, often numbered and with no predetermined end.
  3. (computing, slang) A serial number, esp. one required to activate software.
    Go to these sites for serials, cracks and keygens.
Translations Translations Translations Related terms Verb

serial (serials, present participle serialling; past and past participle serialled)

  1. (transitive) to assign a serial number to (especially of aircraft)

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