[prey-see, prey-see]

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

a concise summary.

verb (used with object)

to make a précis of.

Origin of précis

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

Synonyms for précis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for precis

Historical Examples of precis

  • There is also a brief and characteristic 'Precis de ma vie', dated November 17, 1797.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Such is a precis of this strange entry, the discovery of which, vague as it was, thrilled us with hope and excitement.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • It is, in fact, a precis of the "Instruction Book," which deals with everything a police officer should know and be.

    Scotland Yard

    George Dilnot

  • The monkey ate various forms of Precis (a Vanessid), after which it was given Acraea halali.

    Mimicry in Butterflies

    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • In submitting a precis of the gospel narratives I have not implied any estimate either of their credibility or of their truth.

British Dictionary definitions for precis



noun plural precis or précis (ˈpreɪsiːz)

a summary of the essentials of a text; abstract


(tr) to make a precis of

Word Origin for precis

C18: from French: precise
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Word Origin and History for precis

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

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