[ noun ek-surpt; verb ik-surpt, ek-surpt ]
/ noun ˈɛk sɜrpt; verb ɪkˈsɜrpt, ˈɛk sɜrpt /


a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract.

verb (used with object)

to take or select (a passage) from a book, film, or the like; extract.
to take or select passages from (a book, film, or the like); abridge by choosing representative sections.

Nearby words

  1. exception proves the rule, the,
  2. exceptionable,
  3. exceptional,
  4. exceptionalism,
  5. exceptive,
  6. excerpta,
  7. excess,
  8. excess baggage,
  9. excess demand,
  10. excess insurance

Origin of excerpt

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin excerptus (past participle of excerpere to pick out, pluck out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -cerp- (combining form of carpere to pluck) + -tus past participle suffix

Related formsex·cerpt·er, ex·cerp·tor, nounex·cerpt·i·ble, adjectiveex·cerp·tion, nounun·ex·cerpt·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for excerpt


noun (ˈɛksɜːpt)

a part or passage taken from a book, speech, play, etc, and considered on its own; extract

verb (ɛkˈsɜːpt)

(tr) to take (a part or passage) from a book, speech, play, etc
Derived Formsexcerptor, nounexcerptible, adjectiveexcerption, noun

Word Origin for excerpt

C17: from Latin excerptum, literally: (something) picked out, from excerpere to select, from carpere to pluck

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