Definition of "subplot" [subplot]

  • A plot subordinate to the main plot of a literary work or film. Also called counterplot, underplot. (noun)
  • A subdivision of a plot of land, especially a plot used for experimental purposes. (noun)

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Use "subplot" in a sentence
  • "Just about every lingering subplot is either resolved or set up for resolution, which doesn't leave much old business for next week's conclusion."
  • "The vampires seem real making the hunt for them feel genuine; while the romantic second chance at love subplot is cleverly developed as both have a lot of trust issues to overcome although Reign seems indifferent to his knowing that his wife was going to betray him feels off base."
  • "Looks like the Mack vs. Major Ryan subplot is going to erupt next week."