Definition of subplot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

subplot

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈsʌbplɒt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌbplɑːt//
 
Elements of a play, Film reviews and promotion, Elements of a story
 
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a series of events in a play, novel, etc. that is separate from but linked to the main story See related entries: Elements of a play, Film reviews and promotion, Elements of a story
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subplot