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excerpt

noun ex·cerpt \ ˈek-ˌsərpt , ˈeg-ˌzərpt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of excerpt

: 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 CowlesNew York Times Book Review18 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 KimTime5 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 ShulevitzNew York Times Book Review17 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 CosbyTime Flies(1987) 1988
  5. She read an excerpt from the play.

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

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Origin and Etymology of excerpt


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excerpt

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

Definition of excerpt

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

excerptor

or excerpter noun

excerption

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 PassaroHarper'sAugust 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. Newsweek26 July 1999

Recent Examples of excerpt from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of excerpt

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


EXCERPT Defined for English Language Learners

excerpt

verb

Definition of excerpt for English Language Learners

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


excerpt

noun

Definition of excerpt for English Language Learners

  • : a small part of a longer written work



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