noun an·ec·dote \ˈa-nik-ˌdōt\

: a short story about an interesting or funny event or occurrence

plural anecdotes also an·ec·dota \ˌa-nik-ˈdō-tə\

Full Definition of ANECDOTE

:  a usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident

Examples of ANECDOTE

  1. He told us all sorts of humorous anecdotes about his childhood.
  2. <told us once again that anecdote about the dog and the bike>
  3. Like many Jesuits who then ate most of their meals in refectories, McKenzie was a master raconteur with endless anecdotes, stories, and one-liners. —Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Commonweal, 11 Sept. 2009

Origin of ANECDOTE

French, from Greek anekdota unpublished items, from neuter plural of anekdotos unpublished, from a- + ekdidonai to publish, from ex out + didonai to give — more at ex-, date
First Known Use: circa 1721

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ANECDOTE Defined for Kids


noun an·ec·dote \ˈa-nik-ˌdōt\

Definition of ANECDOTE for Kids

:  a short story about something interesting or funny in a person's life


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