Definition of excerpt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈeksɜːpt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɜːrpt//
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excerpt (from something) a short piece of writing, music, film, etc. taken from a longer whole Read the following excerpt from one of Milton’s poems. They only played a short excerpt. See related entries: Types of text Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a verb): from Latin excerpt- ‘plucked out’, from the verb excerpere, from ex- ‘out of’ + carpere ‘to pluck’.Extra examples Let’s run a little excerpt of what Governor Dixon had to say. She compiled dozens of book excerpts about the country. The article included excerpts from various interviews. The following excerpts all come from the ‘Spring Symphony’. The paper published some short excerpts from Mandela’s memoirs. The programme included excerpts from Verdi’s operas. This DVD contains a 10-minute excerpt from the stage show. a short excerpt of a poem by Keats an exclusive excerpt from his new book She read out excerpts from an article in the newspaper. The show features excerpts from classic jazz recordings. They were clearly nervous, as the following excerpts from the interview demonstrate.

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