précis

[ prey-see, prey-see ]
/ preɪˈsi, ˈpreɪ si /

noun, plural pré·cis [prey-seez, prey-seez] /preɪˈsiz, ˈpreɪ siz/.

a concise summary.

verb (used with object)

to make a précis of.

Nearby words

  1. prythee,
  2. przemyśl,
  3. przewalski's horse,
  4. précieuse,
  5. précieux,
  6. préval,
  7. prévenance,
  8. prévert,
  9. prévost,
  10. prévost d'exiles

Origin of précis

1750–60; < French, noun use of adj., literally, cut short. See precise

Can be confusedprécis precise

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British Dictionary definitions for precis

precis

prcis

/ (ˈpreɪsiː) /

noun plural precis or précis (ˈpreɪsiːz)

a summary of the essentials of a text; abstract

verb

(tr) to make a precis of

Word Origin for precis

C18: from French: precise

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Word Origin and History for precis

precis

n.

1760, from French noun use of Middle French précis "cut short, condensed" (see precise). As a verb, from 1856.

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