- a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract.
- 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.
Origin of excerpt
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Examples from the Web for excerpt
At that same conference in D.C. where she met Saa, Gurira performed an excerpt from Eclipsed.Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Vs. Boko Haram
Kristi York Wooten
November 30, 2014
Here, an excerpt from a new book that details her path to revenge and its unintended aftermath.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’
Ram Oren, Moti Kfir
September 20, 2014
In an excerpt from his autobiography, he describes the reaction.Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning
July 28, 2014
In an excerpt from 'What We Won,' the story of Abdul Rashid Dostum.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
In an excerpt from his ebook The Dudes Abide, Jeff Bridges and John Goodman meet the Dude and Walter for the first time.The Stacks: The Day ‘The Big Lebowski’ Came to Life
July 26, 2014
Grenfell and Hunt date the Gospel, from which it is an excerpt, about 200.
Mark the adjectives in this excerpt and use them in sentences of your own.Plain English
The letter from which the excerpt is taken was written Feb. 13, 1895.The Fiction Factory
John Milton Edwards
Was then this "excerpt charter" a forgery, or a genuine document?
We should not now combine a Norse saga with an excerpt from a novel by George Meredith.Ulysses
- a part or passage taken from a book, speech, play, etc, and considered on its own; extract
- (tr) to take (a part or passage) from a book, speech, play, etc
Word Origin and History for excerpt
1630s, from Latin excerptum "an extract, selection," noun use of neuter past participle of excerpere (see excerpt (v.)). Related: excerpts.