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

Simple Definition of excerpt

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of excerpt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to select (a passage) for quoting :  extract

  3. 2 :  to take or publish extracts from (as a book)






play \ek-ˈsərp-shən, eg-ˈzərp-\ noun

Examples of excerpt in a sentence

  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

  2. How quickly does the Net move? Last Friday journalist Michael Colton posted an elaborate Web parody of the forthcoming magazine Talk, which is owned by Miramax and helmed by former New Yorker editor Tina Brown. Within hours, the site's URL had ricocheted about in countless e-mails, and the Drudge Report had excerpted the text. —Newsweek, 26 July 1999

Origin and Etymology of excerpt

Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere, from ex- + carpere to gather, pluck — more at harvest

First Known Use: 15th century



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

Simple Definition of excerpt

  • : a small part of a longer written work

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of excerpt

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

Examples of excerpt in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. When his [Thomas Jefferson's] wife Martha died in 1782, he wrapped a lock of her hair with a scrap of paper containing an excerpt from the couple's favorite novel, Laurence Sterne's comic masterpiece, Tristram Shandy, and stashed the token in his desk. —Walter Kim, Time, 5 July 2004

  3. The exemplary figure here is Norman Mailer, whose 1959 Advertisements for Myself is the height of writerly chutzpah. The book, comprising excerpts from his journalism and fiction, descriptions of the agonies he went through to produce them and obsessive reviews of his reviewers, is so shameless it's admirable. —Judith Shulevitz, New York Times Book Review, 17 June 2001

  4. … I also keep a pad by the side of my bed for writing down great thoughts at night without having to turn on the light. In the morning, these great thoughts sound like excerpts from the Dead Sea Scrolls. —Bill Cosby, Time Flies, (1987) 1988

  5. She read an excerpt from the play.

  6. I've read only excerpts of Moby-Dick, never the whole book.

Origin and Etymology of excerpt

(see 1excerpt)

First Known Use: 1627

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