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

Essential Meaning of synopsis

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

Full 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Before sleep, record the date and a brief synopsis of the day. USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Here’s a synopsis of some of the relevant parts of the proposal: Corporate taxes: The flat 21% corporate tax rate would be replaced with a new progressive rate system. Leon Labrecque, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 According to the movie’s official synopsis, the story is as follows. Andy Meek, BGR, 13 Sep. 2021 When filling out the ballot, the names of the series are shown, without the network or synopsis shown, in alphabetical order. Clayton Davis, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 The only founding members left are Hulk and Hawkeye, but according to the synopsis of Marvel’s series on Disney+, Clint Barton isn’t an Avenger anymore either, possibly signaling Jeremy Renner’s departure from the MCU. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 Sep. 2021 The synopsis released along with the show's announcement seems to suggest that the show will be set in the modern day on the historic 6666 Ranch (the actual 266,000 acre property of which was recently acquired by Sheridan) in West Texas. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 25 July 2021 According to the official Netflix synopsis, attending the prestigious boarding school of Hillerska will finally give the prince the opportunity to explore his true self. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 4 July 2021 The synopsis for the novel offers a few more hints about the dynamics of the movie. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 24 June 2021

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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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“Synopsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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