adjective eclec·tic \e-ˈklek-tik, i-\

: including things taken from many different sources

Full Definition of ECLECTIC

:  selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles
:  composed of elements drawn from various sources; also :  heterogeneous
eclec·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ECLECTIC

  1. The collection includes an eclectic mix of historical artifacts.
  2. <the museum's eclectic collection has everything from a giraffe skeleton to medieval musical instruments>
  3. All around us, fishers galumphed past. … They carried an eclectic array of rods, nets, buckets and coolers. —Stephen C. Sautner, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2000

Origin of ECLECTIC

Greek eklektikos, from eklegein to select, from ex- out + legein to gather — more at legend
First Known Use: 1683

Rhymes with ECLECTIC


noun eclec·tic \e-ˈklek-tik, i-\

Definition of ECLECTIC

:  one who uses a method or approach that is composed of elements drawn from various sources :  one who uses an eclectic method or approach

Origin of ECLECTIC

(see 1eclectic)
First Known Use: 1817


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