Definition of aperçu in English:

aperçu

noun

  • A comment or brief reference which makes an illuminating or entertaining point.

    ‘the narrative is enlivened by aperçus of Butler, Kennedy, and other contemporaries’
    • ‘‘And so life is reckoned as nothing,’ Shklovsky goes on to say, and, in a wonderful aperçu, he adds: ‘Habitualization devours works, clothes, furniture, one's wife, and the fear of war.’’
    • ‘I found myself wondering how much this dazzling aperçu cost the British taxpayer.’
    • ‘But the truth, however comically exaggerated - an aperçu however raunchily worded - cannot truly offend.’
    • ‘Petit has witty and playful aperçus for every mile he covers.’
    • ‘As annotator of amply quoted remarks on such matters by the onisègun, Hallen inspires confidence and gratitude for the many stunning aperçus which expand our consciousness.’
    • ‘Yet Jerry, relatively uneducated as he is, still summons up enough zesty bons mots and aperçus to complement the more roughly hewn passages.’
    • ‘His aperçus about the relations between the UK, France and Germany often recall the gentle irony of a novel of manners, giving a new twist to the old topic of the ‘European trinity’.’
    • ‘His anecdotes and aperçus are to the point.’
    • ‘Give me some Cultural Artifact to dissect (gig, play, film, album, restaurant, exhibition) and I would bash out my pithy aperçus with gusto to spare.’
    • ‘An Irish History of Civilization reads like a sotto voce commentary on all Akenson's manifold interests, spun into a series of aperçus, short stories, reflections, mini-biographies and explosive jokes.’
    • ‘I shall post some aperçus from my sojourn over the next few days.’
    • ‘Whatever the topic, he is capable of unleashing a torrent of jumbled aperçus.’
    • ‘Until then, he remains a skilled dispenser of aperçus but little more - a novelist who is waiting to excel.’
    • ‘His specific topics are not themselves new - politics in Meistersinger, religion in Parsifal, and so on - but there are undoubted insights and aperçus.’
    • ‘Clearly, Porter agreed with Somerset Maugham's aperçu: ‘Money is like a sixth sense, without which one cannot make use of the other five.’’
    • ‘Paglia's claims are not some inconsequential little thrown-off aperçu, whose validity doesn't matter enough to investigate.’
    • ‘His final chapter is the best: a reading of superheroes in their various urban environments that is studded with lovely aperçus.’
    • ‘Dons in uniform like R. W. Chapman and John Sparrow, when they weren't cracking codes at Bletchley Park, exchanged erudite aperçus about textual minutiae in Trollope's novels.’
    • ‘As proof he refers to the ‘close kinship of many of Nietzsche's aperçus with the far from vain tilts against morality with which, at approximately the same time, Oscar Wilde was shocking and amusing his public.’’
    • ‘Here I would call Nietzsche's great aperçu to our aid: ‘All concepts in which an entire process is semiotically concentrated elude definition; only that which has no history is definable’ (The Genealogy of Morals: 2: 23).’

Origin

Early 19th century: from French, past participle of apercevoir ‘perceive’.

Pronunciation

aperçu

/ˌapərˈso͞o//ˌæpərˈsu/