an·​thol·​o·​gy | \ an-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce anthology (audio) \
plural anthologies

Definition of anthology

1 : a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music an anthology of American poetry
2 : assortment … an anthology of threadbare clichés of … bistro cuisine …— Jay Jacobs

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anthological \ ˌan(t)-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce anthology (audio) \ adjective

Examples of anthology in a Sentence

an anthology of American poetry The band will be releasing an anthology of their earlier albums.
Recent Examples on the Web Cynthia Erivo is Aretha Franklin in the third installment of National Geographic’s signature anthology, which has previously told the stories of Albert Einstein (portrayed by Geoffrey Rush) and Picasso (played by Antonio Banderas). Washington Post, "10 made-for-TV biopics to watch, from the striking ‘Mahalia’ to the viral ‘Wendy Williams’," 9 Apr. 2021 Franqui was inspired to create the anthology from the Day of Silence, a demonstration against LGBTQ discrimination originally created by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1996. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Literary Cleveland releases anthology about local LGBTQ community," 9 Apr. 2021 The rich anthology, perfect for reading aloud, is a keeper to return to over the years. Penny Schwartz,, "From llamas to a Jewish superhero, children’s books bring new characters to Hanukkah story," 3 Nov. 2020 HBO Max's new anthology series about the young, ambitious and fraudulent. Breeanna Hare And Marika Gerken, CNN, "8 of the most notorious Ponzi schemes in US history," 24 Apr. 2021 Performed by eight of the finest actors of our time, this anthology series spans our present and future and illuminates that even during our most isolated moments we are all connected through the human experience. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Everything new coming to Amazon Prime Video in May 2021," 19 Apr. 2021 What was the most difficult part about creating an anthology series? Essence, "'Them: Covenant' Creator Little Marvin Talks Dismantling The 'American Dream'," 9 Apr. 2021 While season 11 will be the end of the original series, a Daryl and Carol spin-off with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride will follow the conclusion of the mothership, while an anthology series titled Tales of the Walking Dead is also in the works. Dalton Ross,, "The Walking Dead releases final season premiere date and teaser," 5 Apr. 2021 The best new books arriving in April tackle a wide range of subjects, from a sweeping anthology that illuminates the history of Black farmers in the United States to the firsthand account of an EMT in New York City. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Here Are the 15 New Books You Should Read in April," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of anthology

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anthology

borrowed from French & New Latin; French anthologie, going back to Middle French, borrowed from New Latin anthologia, borrowed from Greek anthología "gathering of flowers," from anthológos "flower-gathering" (from antho- antho- + -logos, nominal ablaut derivative of légein "to gather, collect") + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at legend

Note: The sense "collection of extracts" is found earlier in the parallel formation anthológion, attested in Byzantine Greek.

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“Anthology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


an·​thol·​o·​gy | \ an-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce anthology (audio) \
plural anthologies

Kids Definition of anthology

: a collection of writings (as stories and poems)

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