Origin of excerptfrom Classical Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere, to pick out, choose from ex-, out + carpere, to pick, pluck from Indo-European an unverified form kerp- from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut, scrape from source harvest
- The definition of an excerpt is a quote from a book or film.
An example of excerpt is a passage from a novel.
- Excerpt is defined as to select quotations.
An example of excerpt is to choose a passage to cite in a research paper.
transitive verbex·cerpt·ed, ex·cerpt·ing, ex·cerpts
- To select or use (a passage or segment from a longer work).
- To select or use material from (a longer work).
Origin of excerptFrom Middle English excerpted from Latin excerptus past participle of excerpere to pick out ex- ex- carpere to pluck ; see kerp- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present excerpts, present participle excerpting, simple past and past participle excerpted)
- To select or copy sample material (excerpts) from a work.
- The sentence was an excerpt from the letter.
- He added an excerpt from the book into his letter.
- The excerpt includes a description of the fall of the angels.
- He was misled by an incomplete excerpt in the history book.
- The tape recording is a verbal excerpt from the play.