A summary gives a short overview, or the main points, of something longer. She talked for days about the 800-page romantic novel, but her boyfriend's summary was "Girl meets boy, boy meets girl, boy rides horse into sunset, girl meets new boy. The end."

Summary is a noun, and "summery" is an adjective, but they sound alike and both describe something short. A summer feels like a short piece of a long year, and a summary is a short statement about a longer piece. When a long speech or writing needs retelling in a short amount of time, a summary conveys the meaning in fewer words. Often a book cover has a summary of what's inside, and an introduction has a summary of the main points in a chapter.

Definitions of summary
  1. noun
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
    “he gave a summary of the conclusions”
    synonyms: sum-up
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    argument, literary argument
    a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie
    a summary that enumerates the main parts of a topic
    a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
    abridgement, abridgment, capsule, condensation
    a shortened version of a written work
    an overall summary
    CV, curriculum vitae, resume
    a summary of your academic and work history
    line score
    a summary of the scoring in a game (usually in tabular form)
    abstract, outline, precis, synopsis
    a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
    a general summary of a subject
    a summary list; as in e.g. "a news roundup"
    resume, sketch, survey
    short descriptive summary (of events)
    rundown, summation, summing up
    a concluding summary (as in presenting a case before a law court)
    a summary or outline of what will be covered in an academic course
    a condensed written summary or abstract
    a short synopsis
    a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
    recap, recapitulation, review
    a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion
    type of:
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
  2. adjective
    briefly giving the gist of something
    “a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject”
    synonyms: compact, compendious, succinct
    expressing much in few words
  3. adjective
    performed speedily and without formality
    summary justice”
    synonyms: drumhead
    not having official authority or sanction
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