Definition of excerpt in English:
Pronunciation: /ˈekˌsərpt /
A short extract from a film, broadcast, or piece of music or writing.
- 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.
Pronunciation: /ikˈsərpt /[with object] Back to top
1Take (a short extract) from a text: the notes are excerpted from his forthcoming biography
More example sentences
- 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.
quote, extract, cite
1.1Take an excerpt or excerpts from (a text).
- 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: /ekˈsərptəbəl, ik-/adjective