snippet

noun
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

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Artificial intelligence research group OpenAI has released technology that can generate a passable paragraph or two about a topic after being fed a snippet of text. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "China’s Lax Attitude About Privacy Is Shifting – Data Sheet," 20 Aug. 2019 Since it was first launched at the start of April, the page has posted snippets of the couple’s engagements and appearances, and has also shared messages of thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Sussexes. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "There's a Theory That Meghan Markle Is Running the Sussex Instagram Account Herself," 16 Apr. 2019 Among the young hopefuls is Zula (Joanna Kulig), an assertive and voluptuous blonde in her late teens or early twenties who, it’s revealed in a snippet of overheard dialogue, is not from around these parts. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 The suspected killer of 11 Jewish people in a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue frequently posted snippets of his political ideology on far-right social networking sites like Gab. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The centuries-old history of Jewish “puppet master” conspiracy theories," 2 Nov. 2018 Check out Anne-Marie's video messages as well as snippets from the show below. Bonnie Stiernberg, Billboard, "Anne-Marie Plays Impromptu Free Show After Korean Performance Canceled Due to 'Structurally Unsafe' Stage," 28 July 2019 The delightful snippet seemed to resonate, garnering 586,000 shares as of Thursday, and many comments from people who think the kid is adorable and the video should be saved to be played at his graduation. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Baby Makes Excellent Use of His Foot to Eat Ice Cream and People Appreciate It," 25 July 2019 But this snippet of traditional southern life, nestled quietly on either side of state road 17 about eight miles from the Mississippi line, has managed to keep its mom-and-pop stores open against national trends. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Small town America does have an opioid problem, but not in this Alabama town," 23 July 2019 At times the forum became a free-for-all of cross talk among candidates desperate to wedge their personalities and signature ideas into brief snippets of television airtime. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democrats Diverge on Economy and Immigration in First Debate," 27 June 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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snippet

noun

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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