syn·​op·​sis | \ sə-ˈnäp-səs How to pronounce synopsis (audio) \
plural synopses\ sə-​ˈnäp-​ˌsēz How to pronounce synopses (audio) \

Definition of synopsis

1 : a condensed statement or outline (as of a narrative or treatise) : abstract
2 : the abbreviated conjugation of a verb in one person only

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Examples of synopsis in a Sentence

I don't need to know every little plot twist; just give me a synopsis of the movie.

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Read the show synopsis and character descriptions online. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Audition notices for Milwaukee area theater and music productions (Summer 2019 edition)," 21 June 2019 The synopsis already hints that there will be more powers at use in the movie, but nothing makes that more plain than a glittering pony. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About 'Frozen 2,' Including Release Date, Plot, and Characters," 17 June 2019 Each team preview features a quick synopsis along with highlights of the offense, defense and special teams. Matt Murschel,, "Most college football preview magazines rank UCF in top 25, project Clemson, Alabama title tilt rematch," 17 June 2019 Here's the full synopsis from Hulu: Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "We used to be friends: Veronica Mars is back in the first full season 4 trailer," 14 June 2019 With help from an assistant, Ellroy researches and then writes a detailed synopsis that’s often as long as the book itself. The Economist, "James Ellroy finally has happiness in his sights," 8 June 2019 Filmmakers with documentaries that fit that bill are asked to e-mail a synopsis and any related supporting material to Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit does documentaries: The next Freep Film Festival arrives April 22-26, 2020," 4 June 2019 According to episode synopses available on TV Guide, the first episode of season 4 will follow the Short family's vacation in the Yucatan, then the second episode dives deeper into Matt and Colleen's adoption journey and Greg and Jen's pregnancy. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About 'Life in Pieces' Season 4," 5 Apr. 2019 From then on, everything that happens is so self-evident that further synopsis is superfluous. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Choir Boy’ Review: A Familiar Sermon," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of synopsis

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synopsis

Late Latin, from Greek, literally, comprehensive view, from synopsesthai to be going to see together, from syn- + opsesthai to be going to see — more at optic

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English Language Learners Definition of synopsis

formal : a short description of the most important information about something : a summary or outline

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