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Borrowed from French aperçu.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌa.pɛːˈsjuː/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæ.pɚˈsuː/


aperçu (plural aperçus)

  1. A clever insight.
    • 1988, Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library, Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 143
      I insisted on how his opinion mattered, and developed and construed his platitudes into aperçus he was far from entertaining himself.
    • 2001, David Brooks, "One Nation, Slightly Divisible", The Atlantic Monthly, December,
      In this place you can go to a year's worth of dinner parties without hearing anyone quote an aperçu he first heard on Charlie Rose.
    • 2004, Manohla Dargis, "Do You Hear Sleigh Bells? Nah, Just Tom Hanks and Some Train" (Polar Express movie review), New York Times, 10 November,
      "Every so often a hobo (Mr. Hanks again) materializes to dispense a cryptic aperçu to the boy, maybe because the child is the father of the man or because the film's envelope-pushing gobbled up most of the budget and there was only enough money for one star."
    • 2009, Maureen Dowd, "Dark Dark Dark" (Editorial), New York Times, 21 February,
      President Obama disdains sound bites, and he does not have Bill Clinton’s talent for reducing the abstruse to aperçus.
    • 2014 October 30, Ben Brantley, “When the head leads the heart: 'The Real Thing,' With Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal, opens on Broadway [print version: When the witty head is far ahead of the heart: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor star in revival of 'Real Thing', International New York Times, 4 November 2014, p. 9]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      While we know – because the script tells us so – that the people we are watching are in love and in pain and in trouble, they never come across as more than dispensers of sparkling aperçus.
  2. A summary or outline; words that summarize.






aperçu m (plural aperçus)

  1. glance, glimpse
  2. insight, hint
    L’avocat a donné au public un aperçu de la cause.The lawyer gave the public an insight into the case.
  3. rough estimate.
    Donnez-moi un aperçu des dépenses que j’aurai à faire.Give me an estimate of the expenses that I would have.
  4. sketch, outline, summary
  5. view
  6. overview
    Ce que je vous dis là n’est qu’un aperçu de la question.What I say here is an overview of the issue.
  7. preview
    Il y a dans cet ouvrage des aperçus très fins, mais rien n’est développé.There are fine previews in this book, but nothing developed.


aperçu m (feminine singular aperçue, masculine plural aperçus, feminine plural aperçues)

  1. past participle of apercevoir



  1. (nautical) aye, aye

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