plural noun

an·​a·​lects ˈa-nə-ˌlek(t)s How to pronounce analects (audio)
variants or less commonly analecta
: selected miscellaneous written passages

Word History


New Latin analecta, from Greek analekta, neuter plural of analektos, verbal of analegein to collect, from ana- + legein to gather — more at legend

First Known Use

1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of analects was in 1623

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“Analects.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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