Simple Definition of encyclopedia
: a reference work (such as a book, series of books, Web site, or CD-ROM) that contains information about many different subjects or a lot of information about a particular subject
Full Definition of encyclopedia
: a work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge usually in articles arranged alphabetically often by subject
Origin of encyclopedia
Medieval Latin encyclopaedia course of general education, from Greek enkyklios + paideia education, child rearing, from paid-, pais child — more at few
First Known Use: 1644
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Definition of encyclopedia for Students
: a book or a set of books containing information on all branches of learning in articles arranged alphabetically by subject
History for encyclopedia
If you read an entire encyclopedia, you might learn something about nearly everything, and, suitably, the original sense of the word encyclopedia was “general education” or “education in all branches of knowledge.” Encyclopedia is formed from two Greek words, enkyklios, meaning “circular, recurrent, ordinary,” and paideia, “education.” Paideia is itself a derivative of pais, “child.”
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