Definition of excerpt in English:


Line breaks: ex|cerpt


Pronunciation: /ˈɛksəːpt
A short extract from a film, broadcast, or piece of music or writing: she read out excerpts from an article in the Times
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  • The soundtrack section plays short excerpts of the music, which should get a lot of credit for establishing the mood of the film.
  • He'd only read small excerpts from her previous writing, and she was still in the process of entering her prime.
  • Her ‘reading list’ includes magazine articles, excerpts from books, film clips, recorded music, and cartoons.
extract, part, section, piece, portion, fragment, snippet, clip, bit, selection, reading;
citation, quotation, quote, line, paragraph, passage, scene, verse, stanza, canto;
North American cite
rare pericope


Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsəːpt
, ɛk-/
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1Take (a short extract) from a text: the notes are excerpted from his forthcoming biography
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  • This article is excerpted from the forthcoming premiere issue of the journal of Green Cross International, The Optimist.
  • The above is excerpted from a short poem I wrote about something that indeed happened to me in Prague.
  • This article is excerpted from their forthcoming book, Surviving Galeras, to be published this month by Houghton Mifflin.
1.1Take an excerpt or excerpts from (a text): a book excerpted in this week’s Time magazine
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  • First, my favourite academic Mark Kaplan has added another blog to his roster, this one a Critical Dictionary excerpting informative texts to explain apparently difficult concepts in continental philosophy.
  • The good people at National Review Online have excerpted a chapter from Steven's book, dealing with the insurgents.
  • In a related side-note, I downloaded excerpted chapters from Zeldman's Web Standards Book.


mid 16th century (as a verb): from Latin excerpt- 'plucked out', from the verb excerpere, from ex- 'out of' + carpere 'to pluck'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈsəːptɪb(ə)l/


Pronunciation: /-ˈsəːpʃ(ə)n/
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  • Thank you.… where your Honour sees three excerptions from the relevant provisions.

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