Definition of excerpt in English:


See synonyms for excerpt

Translate excerpt into Spanish


  • A short extract from a film, broadcast, or piece of music or writing.

    ‘she read out excerpts from an article in the Times’
    • ‘The soundtrack section plays short excerpts of the music, which should get a lot of credit for establishing the mood of the film.’
    • ‘He'd only read small excerpts from her previous writing, and she was still in the process of entering her prime.’
    • ‘Her ‘reading list’ includes magazine articles, excerpts from books, film clips, recorded music, and cartoons.’
    • ‘These short works are excerpts from longer pieces to be performed at the upcoming independent dance show.’
    • ‘The piece features an excerpt from All Moonshine, a captivating, expressive work exploring metamorphosis that Yoshioka brought to Montreal in 2000.’
    • ‘Between the sound transmitter and the Baird plant is the film projection theatre, or miniature cinema, in which film excerpts can be selected and timed for inclusion in the transmissions.’
    • ‘The essay was about black women singers, particularly jazz and blues singers, and what I did was read excerpts from the essay and play corresponding pieces of music by the artists mentioned.’
    • ‘During this resting period participants listened to quiet music; then, the film excerpt was presented.’
    • ‘Dave sends BoingBoing this short movie comprised of excerpts from footage they captured on November 2, 2004.’
    • ‘In another class, a teacher used different film excerpts of the gravedigger's scene from Hamlet and led her students in a spirited interpretation of the different versions.’
    • ‘He turned early to film, and included in Tarnation, along with family photos and footage shot expressly for the film, are excerpts from his early efforts.’
    • ‘In this personal video he recounts the history of the movies in Korea and includes excerpts from classic Korean films.’
    • ‘Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast excerpts of the forum Monday at noon and 9 p.m. [Ed. note: Perfect!’
    • ‘We have three-well known filmmakers in John Weiley, David Bradbury and Cathy Henkel who will be personally introducing and screening excerpts from their films.’
    • ‘The children who were not satisfied with just answers were also given a cinematic tour of Gandhi's life with the screening of excerpts from the film ‘Gandhi’.’
    • ‘A newscaster later told viewers some of the excerpts had previously been broadcast.’
    • ‘The first scene is ‘imagination, guesswork, contrivance’; the second is an accurate excerpt from her writing.’
    • ‘This is an excerpt from a piece that originally appeared in Philadelphia City Paper.’
    • ‘Here's an excerpt from the piece and here's a news story that summarizes a little of what he said.’
    • ‘Rozema's adaptation uses the novel as source material, but also incorporates biographical information about Austen herself and excerpts from her adolescent writing.’
    extract, part, section, piece, portion, fragment, snippet, clip, bit, selection, reading
    View synonyms



/ˈekˌsərpt/ /ˈɛkˌsərpt/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Take (a short extract) from a text.

    ‘the notes are excerpted from his forthcoming biography’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from the forthcoming premiere issue of the journal of Green Cross International, The Optimist.’
    • ‘The above is excerpted from a short poem I wrote about something that indeed happened to me in Prague.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from their forthcoming book, Surviving Galeras, to be published this month by Houghton Mifflin.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from his forthcoming book Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow to be published by Jewish Lights.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from Dying in America forthcoming from Cadmus.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from a transcript of a lecture given at the pre-conference symposium of AAC&U's 2003 Annual Meeting.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from the first chapter of Readings from the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn by Jeffry Kieffer, with permission of the author.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from New Architects 2 by the Architecture Foundation, with permission of the publisher, Merrell.’
    • ‘This essay is excerpted from Joan of Arc: A Penguin Life.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from ‘Ranches, Rowhouses, and Railroad Flats,’ by Christine Hunter.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from a speech Bernard Stein gave a 2002 National Writers Conference in Wilmington, Delaware.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from his acceptance speech.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from French Influences by Betty Lou Phillips, with permission of the publisher, Gibbs Smith.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from Poetry as Survival, to be published by the University of Georgia Press this year in its Life of Poetry series.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from New London Architecture by Kenneth Powell, with permission of Merrell Publishers.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from Green Architecture by James Wines, with permission of the publisher, Taschen Books.’
    • ‘This essay is excerpted from her current project, a book-length study of spatial constructions of race and gender identity.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from a much longer essay analyzing the role of Identity Politics in Feminist and Lesbian communities.’
    • ‘It's from Departures magazine, and I'm featured in the magazine, which the online article is excerpted from.’
    recite, repeat, say again, reproduce, restate, retell, echo, iterate, parrot
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Take an excerpt or excerpts from (a text)
      ‘a book excerpted in this week's Time magazine’
      • ‘First, my favourite academic Mark Kaplan has added another blog to his roster, this one a Critical Dictionary excerpting informative texts to explain apparently difficult concepts in continental philosophy.’
      • ‘The good people at National Review Online have excerpted a chapter from Steven's book, dealing with the insurgents.’
      • ‘In a related side-note, I downloaded excerpted chapters from Zeldman's Web Standards Book.’
      • ‘When we excerpt full chapters, we often put the book's color jacket online to help increase readers' interest.’
      • ‘I'll excerpt the book first before trying to explain myself.’
      • ‘Aspiring disruptors excerpted passages of the book verbatim in their business plans.’
      • ‘Of the twenty-six books that were excerpted or reproduced in the New Yorker in 1996, over half hailed from Random House.’
      • ‘The document excerpts material from several digital photography books published by the excellent Peachpit Press, and includes quite a few good tips.’
      • ‘The author excerpts Amazon user reviews of well-known books and offers a few biting comments.’
      • ‘Now the former POW is trying to set the record straight with a new book, excerpted in this ‘TIME’ cover story.’
      • ‘Books under copyright will be excerpted at varying lengths, depending on whether Google has agreements with their publishers to carry longer excerpts.’
      • ‘Maas first wrote of Momsen and the Squalus rescue in his 1967 book The Rescuer, which was excerpted in the The Saturday Evening Post.’
      • ‘Others had excerpted a prayer or two from the book or described what they liked best in it.’



/ikˈsərpt/ /ɪkˈsərpt/


Mid 16th century (as a verb): from Latin excerpt- ‘plucked out’, from the verb excerpere, from ex- ‘out of’ + carpere ‘to pluck’.