Definition of aperçu in English:



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

    • ‘His specific topics are not themselves new - politics in Meistersinger, religion in Parsifal, and so on - but there are undoubted insights and aperçus.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘Yet Jerry, relatively uneducated as he is, still summons up enough zesty bons mots and aperçus to complement the more roughly hewn passages.’
    • ‘Whatever the topic, he is capable of unleashing a torrent of jumbled aperçus.’
    • ‘I shall post some aperçus from my sojourn over the next few days.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Paglia's claims are not some inconsequential little thrown-off aperçu, whose validity doesn't matter enough to investigate.’
    • ‘Until then, he remains a skilled dispenser of aperçus but little more - a novelist who is waiting to excel.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘His final chapter is the best: a reading of superheroes in their various urban environments that is studded with lovely aperçus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clearly, Porter agreed with Somerset Maugham's aperçu: ‘Money is like a sixth sense, without which one cannot make use of the other five.’’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘But the truth, however comically exaggerated - an aperçu however raunchily worded - cannot truly offend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I found myself wondering how much this dazzling aperçu cost the British taxpayer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His anecdotes and aperçus are to the point.’


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