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Definition of "sketch" []

  • A hasty or undetailed drawing or painting often made as a preliminary study. (noun)
  • A brief general account or presentation; an outline. (noun)
  • A brief, light, or informal literary composition, such as an essay or a short story. (noun)
  • Music A brief composition, especially for the piano. (noun)
  • A short, often satirical scene or play in a revue or variety show; a skit. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sketch" in a sentence
  • "As the title sketch of a Mark Twain collection, its popularity was practically guaranteed in advance."
  • "Yet he read, without complaint and without a fee from his wealthy protégé, not only the title sketch but twenty-seven other pieces, recommending eighteen for the collection—some eighty thousand words.30 Osgood hustled it all into a June printing."
  • "It wasn't so very long ago that mere mention of the phrase "sketch show" was enough to usher a blitzkrieg of yawns from even the most dedicated"