Definition of segue in US English:

segue

verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial (in music and film) move without interruption from one piece of music or scene to another.

    ‘allow one song to segue into the next’
    • ‘He kept hold of her hand and gave her a questioning look as the band segued into another tune.’
    • ‘Quickly paced, with each song segueing seamlessly into the next, it's a homage to the golden age of crossover.’
    • ‘Its small pleasures bide time quite well before the film segues into a more action-packed finale.’
    • ‘As songs segued into other songs, and finally the album started over again, I realized that the scenery in my mind hadn't changed very drastically in form at any time throughout the journey.’
    • ‘As the dust clears and the sonic damage is assessed, the remaining feedback segues into a sober slide guitar, denoting a major transition in the song's emotional appeal.’
    • ‘Mining fresh musical landscapes, they segued from Broadway show tunes to musical comedy to arias by Verdi and Puccini in a sparkling cabaret revue.’
    • ‘This mode of suspicion was prevalent during the majority of newscasts that I watched and was heightened by the spooky theme music utilized by every major network as they segued to and from commercial breaks.’
    • ‘An energetic andante segues quietly into the third and final movement.’
    • ‘He was struggling to read a funny e-mail, but it rendered him speechless, so he segued into the next song without introduction.’
    • ‘As he segued into a reprise of ‘Clap Hands,’ band members burst into a cutlery percussion jam, using everything from forks to bananas as makeshift drumsticks.’
    • ‘This quite naturally segued into the song ‘Computer World’ itself and was greeted with much delight by the assembled crowd.’
    • ‘Once the producers felt we had seen enough of that, the camera seemlessly segued into another grassy scene: one with prehistoric, upright, hairy Homo habilis digging holes and groping for food, circa two million years ago.’
    • ‘The album begins promisingly enough - a menacing minor chord segues into a fuzzy, goofy faux-dance beat.’
    • ‘The theme music is overused, but it is expressive, and the scene where the theme segues into and out of ‘Moonglow’ is ingenious.’
    • ‘He captivated the audience, artfully segueing from songs that made you laugh, to ones that stilled the crowd with their meaningfulness, their power.’
    1. 1.1 Move or shift from one role, state, or condition to another.
      ‘from the humor magazine, the New York-born artist segued into producing films’

noun

  • 1An uninterrupted transition from one piece of music or film scene to another.

    • ‘The film's segues into the seedier side of Austria are always appropriately shocking, and Erika's steadfast resolve in these environments is an utterly jarring anachronism.’
    • ‘Riffs on Hoagy Carmichael's ‘Georgia on My Mind’ are obvious musical cues and are used as segues throughout the film.’
    • ‘The visual transition is one of several seamless segues.’
    • ‘There are random segues from black & white to color stock (sometimes in the same scene) that seem to exist only to remind us how visually unimaginative the film is compared to Oliver Stone's work.’
    • ‘They serve not only as brilliant segues within the film's narrative but also contribute to a larger purpose of imbuing the viewer with an intense, discombobulated sensation that can only be described as ‘punch drunk’.’
    • ‘The segues and cutaways from scene to scene make the story flow as it never quite does in any other medium.’
    • ‘Some of the songs carry darker overtones with no segues to glossier and happier settings.’
    1. 1.1 A transition from one role, state, or condition to another.
      ‘that's actually a perfect segue into my next question’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘follows’.

Pronunciation

segue

/ˈseɡwā/