Excerpt meaning

ĕksûrpt
A passage or sequence selected or quoted from a book, article, film, etc.; extract.
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The definition of an excerpt is a quote from a book or film.

An example of excerpt is a passage from a novel.

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A clip, snippet, passage or extract from a larger work such as a news article, a film, a literary composition or other media.
noun
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To select or copy sample material (excerpts) from a work.
verb
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Excerpt is defined as to select quotations.

An example of excerpt is to choose a passage to cite in a research paper.

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A passage or segment taken from a longer work, such as a literary or musical composition, a document, or a film.
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To select or use (a passage or segment from a longer work).
verb
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To select, take out, or quote (passages from a book, sequences from a film, etc.); extract.
verb
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To select or use material from (a longer work).
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Origin of excerpt

  • From Middle English excerpted from Latin excerptus past participle of excerpere to pick out ex- ex- carpere to pluck kerp- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere (“to pick out”), from ex (“out”) + carpere (“to pick, pluck”)

    From Wiktionary