[ noun ek-surpt; verb ik-surpt, ek-surpt ]
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  1. a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract.

verb (used with object)
  1. to take or select (a passage) from a book, film, or the like; extract.

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

Origin of excerpt

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin excerptus “picked out,” past participle of excerpere “to pick out, pluck out,” from ex- ex-1 + -cerpere, combining form of carpere “to pluck”

Other words for excerpt

Other words from excerpt

  • ex·cerpt·er, ex·cerp·tor, noun
  • ex·cerpt·i·ble, adjective
  • ex·cerp·tion, noun
  • un·ex·cerpt·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for excerpt


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

  1. (tr) to take (a part or passage) from a book, speech, play, etc

Origin of excerpt

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

Derived forms of excerpt

  • excerptor, noun
  • excerptible, adjective
  • excerption, noun

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