aper·​çu | \ ˌa-pər-ˈsü How to pronounce aperçu (audio) , ä-per-ˈsᵫ \
plural aperçus\ ˌa-​pər-​ˈsüz How to pronounce aperçus (audio) , ä-​per-​ˈsᵫz \

Definition of aperçu

1 : a brief survey or sketch : outline
2 : an immediate impression especially : insight sense 2

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In French, aperçu is the past participle of the verb apercevoir ("to perceive" or "to comprehend"), which in turn comes from Latin percipere ("to perceive"). (The same verb also gave us apperceive, meaning "to have consciousness of oneself, and the noun apperception, meaning "introspective self-consciousness or "mental perception.") Aperçu in French is also a noun meaning "glimpse" or "outline, general idea." English speakers borrowed the noun aperçu, meaning and all, in the early 19th century.

First Known Use of aperçu

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aperçu

French, from aperçu, past participle of apercevoir to perceive, from Old French aperceivre, from a- (from Latin ad-) + perceivre to perceive — more at perceive

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“Aperçu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aper%C3%A7u?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=apercu01. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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