noun aper·çu \ˌa-pər-ˈsü, ä-per-ˈsue\

Definition of aperçu



play \ˌa-pər-ˈsüz, ä-per-ˈsuez\
  1. 1 :  a brief survey or sketch :  outline

  2. 2 :  an immediate impression; especially :  insight 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.

Origin and Etymology of 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

First Known Use: 1809

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