"quick effect, sketch, brief review," 1820s, from French aper
a quick synopsis
- aperçu [illuminating comment]
a sudden insight, not in itself analytical. -- C.A.B.
For more detailed bibliographical information see Apercu des travaux zoo-ge'ographiques, published at St Petersburg in connexion with the Exhibition of 1878; and the index Ukazatel Russkoi Literatury for natural science, mathematics and medicine, published since 1872 by the Society of the Kiev University.