snip·​pet | \ ˈsni-pət How to pronounce snippet (audio) \

Definition of snippet

: a small part, piece, or thing especially : a brief quotable passage

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Examples of snippet in a Sentence

snippets from the author's newest novel read them a snippet of his latest poem
Recent Examples on the Web The Crying Book, a recent nonfiction work by Heather Christle (also a poet), is organized into perfect swipe-size snippets of text. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Rupi Kaur Is the Writer of the Decade," 23 Dec. 2019 Instead, three witnesses were deposed on video, and snippets of their testimony were played during the trial. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "Pomp, circumstance and silence: How a Senate presidential impeachment trial works," 16 Dec. 2019 Smaller articles and snippets of events peaking during that time period are also featured. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three Wisconsin books and a calendar to consider as gifts this season," 14 Dec. 2019 No law requires them to disclose their medical records, though doctor's notes and the records from a most-recent physical, like Warren released, do provide snippets and important clues. Arkansas Online, "Doctor's report says Elizabeth Warren 'in excellent health'," 6 Dec. 2019 Taken together, this research suggests that despite our discomfort about the topic, Americans are able to easily detect one another’s social class from small snippets of speech. Daisy Grewal, Scientific American, "Americans are Fast to Judge Social Class," 3 Dec. 2019 And many Americans pay attention through reporting and snippets on nightly newscasts or prime-time cable news. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "‘Tuesday Afternoon Impeachment’ Is as Big as ‘Monday Night Football’," 22 Nov. 2019 Online ads used elements of the key art along with video snippets to drive traffic to the ticket sales website. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Dark Fate' Markets a 'Terminator' Franchise Reset," 30 Oct. 2019 This snippet only scrapes the surface of Mahisha Dellinger’s journey! Marquita K. Harris, Essence, "Meet Mahisha Dellinger, A Self-Made Millionaire," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of snippet

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snippet

snip entry 1

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The first known use of snippet was in 1664

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snippet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snippet

: a small piece of information or news
: a small part of something (such as a piece of music, a conversation, etc.)

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