from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A representative or perfect example of a class or type: "He is seen . . . as the epitome of the hawkish, right-of-center intellectual” ( Paul Kennedy).
- n. A brief summary, as of a book or article; an abstract.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The embodiment or encapsulation of.
- n. A representative example.
- n. The height; the best.
- n. A brief summary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A work in which the contents of a former work are reduced within a smaller space by curtailment and condensation; a brief summary; an abridgement.
- n. A compact or condensed representation of anything; something possessing conspicuously or to a high degree the qualities of a class.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abridgment; a brief summary or abstract of a subject, or of a more extended exposition of it; a compendium containing the substance or principal matters of a book or other writing.
- n. Hence Anything which represents another or others in a condensed or comprehensive form.
- n. Synonyms Compendium, Compend, etc. See abridgment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a standard or typical example
- n. a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
Latin epitomē, a summary, from Greek, an abridgment, from epitemnein, to cut short : epi-, epi- + temnein, to cut.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French, from Latin epitome, epitoma, from Ancient Greek ἐπιτομή (epitomē, "an abridgment, also a surface-incision"), from ἐπιτέμνω (epitemnō, "I cut upon the surface, cut short, abridge"), from ἐπί (epi-) + τέμνω (temnō, "to cut"). (Wiktionary)