ex·​cerpt | \ ˈek-ˌsərpt How to pronounce excerpt (audio) , ˈeg-ˌzərpt How to pronounce excerpt (audio) \

Definition of excerpt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


ex·​cerpt | \ ek-ˈsərpt How to pronounce excerpt (audio) , eg-ˈzərpt How to pronounce excerpt (audio) , ˈek-ˌsərpt How to pronounce excerpt (audio) , ˈeg-ˌzərpt How to pronounce excerpt (audio) \
excerpted; excerpting; excerpts

Definition of excerpt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to select (a passage) for quoting : extract
2 : to take or publish extracts from (something, such as a book)

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Other Words from excerpt


excerptor or excerpter noun
excerption \ ek-​ˈsərp-​shən How to pronounce excerpt (audio) , eg-​ˈzərp-​ \ noun

Synonyms for excerpt

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of excerpt in a Sentence

Noun 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 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 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 … 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 She read an excerpt from the play. I've read only excerpts of Moby-Dick, never the whole book. Verb 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 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The art is partly very spontaneous, an excerpt from life. Laura Parker, Forbes, 18 May 2022 In an exclusive excerpt from Mean Baby in this week's PEOPLE, Blair details the disturbing moment when the dean crossed an unforgivable line. Kara Warner, PEOPLE.com, 11 May 2022 But in addition to the two videos cited above, numerous TikToks that excerpt audio and/or video from Heard’s testimony — and use it in a disparaging way — remain still on the platform. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 May 2022 See an excerpt from the Rock Hall interview in the tweet below, and the full interview in the video at the bottom of this post. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 4 May 2022 The book goes on sale Tuesday, though a 3,000-word excerpt dropped Sunday on the website of Mickle’s employer, The New York Times. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 2 May 2022 The Los Angeles Times originally reported allegations of a coverup and published an excerpt from surveillance video of the courthouse incident on March 25. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 The following excerpt takes place after Stevie is introduced to Izzy, a friend of David's whose aunt Angela was involved in the '95 case. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Ahead of the full interview, the show shared an excerpt Sunday where the rapper talks with Gayle King about the moments that led to the shooting, and when Lanez allegedly opened fire. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 24 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And, which Vogue was privileged to excerpt in the November issue. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2021 In other words, Google's copying of API code was OK in the same way that Data Sheet can excerpt reporting from across the web without fear of getting sued. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2021 This analysis was excerpted from the June 1 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 1 June 2020 Below is the four-part Heritage plan for reopening some businesses, excerpted from the report: Businesses in counties with low incidences should be allowed to reopen. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 20 Apr. 2020 One story from the collection, excerpted in The White Review earlier this year, is told in the style of a brain surgeon’s FAQ for patients. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, 19 Mar. 2020 The letters excerpted here are from a handful of detainees at the Harris County Jail, the second largest in the country and the site of a fast-moving outbreak of COVID-19. Ian Macdougall, ProPublica, 1 May 2012 The group will distribute the guideline excerpts that have appeared on the Internet. Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg.com, 8 May 2020 Below, excerpted from Lesser’s book, are her three top recommendations in the genre. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of excerpt


1627, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for excerpt

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of excerpt was in the 15th century

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24 May 2022

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“Excerpt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excerpt. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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