snip·pet | \ˈsni-pət \

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

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Prior to the single's official release on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe, Troye had shared a small instrumental snippet on Instagram. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande Release Their New Song “Dance to This”," 13 June 2018 Eugenie has shared several intimate Instagram posts since starting her social media account, allowing royal family fanatics to follow along with select snippets of her life. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared an Inside Look of the Royal Air Force Celebration on Instagram," 10 July 2018 Inside the screen, diegetic minutiae—passerby conversations, a snippet of a TV news story—takes on new clarity, giving shape to the world of a story. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "The Real Reason You Use Closed Captions for Everything Now," 26 June 2018 At one point, the soundtrack, which had earlier included a TV news snippet about children being separated from their families at the border, broke into the wail of a siren. New York Times, "New York Men’s Fashion Week: The Mixtape," 11 July 2018 In a unanimous ruling of 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court displayed a willingness to combat the corporate patenting of DNA, asserting unanimously that snippets of human DNA cannot be patented. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Nearly Half the Patents on Marine Genes Belong to Just One Company," 13 June 2018 Extra protection for even the shortest snippets will impoverish the public sphere by discouraging the sharing of news. Glyn Moody, Ars Technica, "Illegal memes? Weak Safe Harbor? Unpacking the proposed EU copyright overhaul," 12 June 2018 Accusations and proclamations fly and snippets of headlines, bills, and quotes quickly frame and cram a candidate’s point into a 30- or 60-second avail. Doug Turnbull, ajc, "Gridlock Guy: Don’t just believe campaign half-truths about traffic," 18 May 2018 Based on the evidence of snippets of old film footage, strategically woven through the new movie, Basquiat was undeniably cute. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Basquiat as a teen becoming an artist (and then he died)," 15 May 2018

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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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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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