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anthology

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noun an·thol·o·gy \an-ˈthä-lə-jē\

Simple Definition of anthology

  • : a published collection of writings (such as poems or short stories) by different authors

  • : a collection of works of art or music

Full Definition of anthology

plural an·thol·o·gies

  1. 1 :  a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music

  2. 2 :  assortment <an anthology of threadbare clichés of … bistro cuisine — Jay Jacobs>

an·tho·log·i·calplay \ˌan(t)-thə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective

Examples of anthology

  1. an anthology of American poetry

  2. The band will be releasing an anthology of their earlier albums.



Origin of anthology

New Latin anthologia collection of epigrams, from Middle Greek, from Greek, flower gathering, from anthos flower + logia collecting, from legein to gather; akin to Sanskrit andha herb — more at legend


First Known Use: 1621



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