[ 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.

Origin of précis

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

Can be confused

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

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British Dictionary definitions for precis



/ (ˈpreɪsiː) /

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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