General English


  • noun a group of items following one after the other


  • noun a number of things or events which come one after the other in a particular order


  • noun a group of bonds or savings certificates, issued over a period of time but all bearing the same interest

Cars & Driving

  • noun two or more components connected in a circuit so that the same current flows in turn through each of them


  • An arrangement of two or more related things, entities, or events, in a given order.
  • An arrangement of two or more related things, entities, or events, in a successive order.
  • characteristic of, or pertaining to a series circuit or series connection.
  • The sum of a finite or infinite sequence of numbers or terms.
  • A group of related objects or entities which vary or occur in a given sequence. For example, a radioactive decay series.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a group of related items ordered in a sequence, e.g. the volumes in a set of books

Media Studies

  • noun a set of regularly broadcast programmes, each of which is complete in itself
  • noun a television programme that is shown at the same time each day or week, keeps the same actors and situation but tells a different, self-contained story in each episode
  • noun a number of books, pamphlets or periodicals published by one company or organisation on the same topic or in the same format


  • noun in some sports such as cricket and baseball, a set of matches between the same teams

Origin & History of “series”

Latin seriēs (from which English got series) denoted a ‘succession of things connected together’. It was derived from serere ‘connect’, which has also given English assert and insert (16th c.). Serial (19th c.) was coined specifically with reference to stories published in instalments.