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noun, plural a·per·çus [a-per-sy] /a pɛrˈsü/. French.
  1. a hasty glance; a glimpse.
  2. an immediate estimate or judgment; understanding; insight.
  3. an outline or summary.

Origin of aperçu

literally, perceived
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  • These apercus of Heyne did not prevent Tieck's independent thinking; they never fettered him.

    Tieck's Essay on the Boydell Shakspere Gallery

    George Henry Danton

British Dictionary definitions for apercus


  1. an outline; summary
  2. an insight

Word Origin

from apercevoir to perceive
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Word Origin and History for apercus



"quick impression, sketch, brief survey," 1820s, from French aperçu (18c. in this sense), noun use of past participle of apercevoir "to perceive" (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *adpercipere, from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + percipere "to perceive" (see perceive).

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