Definition of excerpt in English:



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

    ‘she read out excerpts from an article in the Times’
    • ‘Rozema's adaptation uses the novel as source material, but also incorporates biographical information about Austen herself and excerpts from her adolescent writing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A newscaster later told viewers some of the excerpts had previously been broadcast.’
    • ‘This is an excerpt from a piece that originally appeared in Philadelphia City Paper.’
    • ‘These short works are excerpts from longer pieces to be performed at the upcoming independent dance show.’
    • ‘Dave sends BoingBoing this short movie comprised of excerpts from footage they captured on November 2, 2004.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her ‘reading list’ includes magazine articles, excerpts from books, film clips, recorded music, and cartoons.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘In this personal video he recounts the history of the movies in Korea and includes excerpts from classic Korean films.’
    • ‘During this resting period participants listened to quiet music; then, the film excerpt was presented.’
    • ‘Here's an excerpt from the piece and here's a news story that summarizes a little of what he said.’
    • ‘He'd only read small excerpts from her previous writing, and she was still in the process of entering her prime.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The soundtrack section plays short excerpts of the music, which should get a lot of credit for establishing the mood of the film.’
    • ‘The piece features an excerpt from All Moonshine, a captivating, expressive work exploring metamorphosis that Yoshioka brought to Montreal in 2000.’
    • ‘Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast excerpts of the forum Monday at noon and 9 p.m. [Ed. note: Perfect!’
    • ‘The first scene is ‘imagination, guesswork, contrivance’; the second is an accurate excerpt from her writing.’
    extract, part, section, piece, portion, fragment, snippet, clip, bit, selection, reading
    citation, quotation, quote, line, paragraph, passage, scene, verse, stanza, canto
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  • 1 Take (a short extract) from a text.

    ‘the notes are excerpted from his forthcoming biography’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from French Influences by Betty Lou Phillips, with permission of the publisher, Gibbs Smith.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from New London Architecture by Kenneth Powell, with permission of Merrell Publishers.’
    • ‘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 essay is excerpted from Joan of Arc: A Penguin Life.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from his acceptance speech.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from the forthcoming premiere issue of the journal of Green Cross International, The Optimist.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from his forthcoming book Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow to be published by Jewish Lights.’
    • ‘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 Green Architecture by James Wines, with permission of the publisher, Taschen Books.’
    • ‘It's from Departures magazine, and I'm featured in the magazine, which the online article is excerpted from.’
    • ‘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 their forthcoming book, Surviving Galeras, to be published this month by Houghton Mifflin.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from a much longer essay analyzing the role of Identity Politics in Feminist and Lesbian communities.’
    • ‘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 New Architects 2 by the Architecture Foundation, with permission of the publisher, Merrell.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from a speech Bernard Stein gave a 2002 National Writers Conference in Wilmington, Delaware.’
    • ‘The above is excerpted from a short poem I wrote about something that indeed happened to me in Prague.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from ‘Ranches, Rowhouses, and Railroad Flats,’ by Christine Hunter.’
    recite, repeat, say again, reproduce, restate, retell, echo, iterate, parrot
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    1. 1.1Take an excerpt or excerpts from (a text)
      ‘a book excerpted in this week's Time magazine’
      • ‘Aspiring disruptors excerpted passages of the book verbatim in their business plans.’
      • ‘The document excerpts material from several digital photography books published by the excellent Peachpit Press, and includes quite a few good tips.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a related side-note, I downloaded excerpted chapters from Zeldman's Web Standards Book.’
      • ‘Of the twenty-six books that were excerpted or reproduced in the New Yorker in 1996, over half hailed from Random House.’
      • ‘When we excerpt full chapters, we often put the book's color jacket online to help increase readers' interest.’
      • ‘The author excerpts Amazon user reviews of well-known books and offers a few biting comments.’
      • ‘Others had excerpted a prayer or two from the book or described what they liked best in it.’
      • ‘Now the former POW is trying to set the record straight with a new book, excerpted in this ‘TIME’ cover story.’
      • ‘The good people at National Review Online have excerpted a chapter from Steven's book, dealing with the insurgents.’
      • ‘I'll excerpt the book first before trying to explain myself.’


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