Meaning of SERIAL in English


I. se ‧ ri ‧ al 1 /ˈsɪəriəl $ ˈsɪr-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

a story that is broadcast or printed in several separate parts on television, in a magazine etc:

a television serial

a six-part serial

II. serial 2 BrE AmE adjective [only before noun]

[ Date: 1800-1900 ; Origin: series ]

1 . serial killer/murderer etc someone who commits the same crime several times:

a serial rapist

2 . serial killings/murders etc crimes that are done in the same way several times

3 . arranged or happening one after the other in the correct order:

Keep the questions in the same serial order.

4 . printed or broadcast in several separate parts:

cheap serial publications

—serially adverb

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.