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verb ex·cerpt \ek-ˈsərpt, eg-ˈzərpt, ˈek-ˌ, ˈeg-ˌ\

: to include (part of a longer written work) in something else

Full Definition of EXCERPT

transitive verb
:  to select (a passage) for quoting :  extract
:  to take or publish extracts from (as a book)
ex·cerp·tor or ex·cerpt·er noun
ex·cerp·tion \ek-ˈsərp-shən, eg-ˈzərp-\ noun

Examples of EXCERPT

  1. The fiction that the magazine does publish is too often excerpted from novels or imminently forthcoming collections, making the magazine seem more a flack for publishers than a site of editorial strength and vision. —Vince Passaro, Harper's, August 1999

Origin of EXCERPT

Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere, from ex- + carpere to gather, pluck — more at harvest
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


noun ex·cerpt \ˈek-ˌsərpt, ˈeg-ˌzərpt\

: a small part of a longer written work

Full Definition of EXCERPT

:  a passage (as from a book or musical composition) selected, performed, or copied :  extract

Examples of EXCERPT

  1. She read an excerpt from the play.
  2. I've read only excerpts of Moby-Dick, never the whole book.
  3. Among the excerpts and Twitter feeds and author interviews … there was the actor Will Smith praising The Alchemist as one of his favorite books. —Gregory Cowles, New York Times Book Review, 18 Oct. 2009

Origin of EXCERPT

(see 1excerpt)
First Known Use: 1627

Other Publishing Terms

annotate, dreadful, emend, expurgate, factoid, jump, lobster shift, redaction, referee


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