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 anthological (audio) \ adjective

Examples of anthology in a Sentence

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

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Blanchard's story became the subject of Mommy Dead and Dearest, a 2017 HBO documentary by Erin Lee Carr, as well as the first season of Hulu anthology series The Act, in which Blanchard was portrayed by Joey King and Dee Dee by Patricia Arquette. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Gypsy Rose Blanchard Pictured With Fiancé For First Time," 15 July 2019 Black Mirror is a science fiction anthology series that explores humans' relationship to technology and the potential consequences of being careless with it. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "12 Shows Like "Stranger Things" You Should Make Your Next Binge-Watch," 12 July 2019 In the meantime, Kool & the Gang is developing a series of Boondock-like animated vignettes about their career, a documentary and a giant anthology of all of its recordings. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Kool & the Gang, Sheila E., Angelique Kidjo and More Heat Up 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival's Opening Day," 9 June 2019 This anthology, drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, chronicles the fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and celebrates the activists who spearheaded it. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "10 new LGBTQ books to celebrate Pride month: Tan France, 'Gentleman Jack,' 'Gender Queer'," 9 June 2019 Its fiftieth anniversary has brought a flood of attempts to recapture it—local, national, and transnational histories, anthologies, memoirs, even performance art and musical theater. The New York Review of Books, "Jackson Lears," 7 Feb. 2019 In a recent anthology, edited by Lisa Yaszek and called The Future is Female!, 25 science fiction stories written by women between 1920 and 1969 imagine worlds very different from our own. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Sci Fi Movies of 2018 That Starred Women," 28 Nov. 2018 Locke’s 1925 anthology, The New Negro, functioned as a celebration of his era in black art, intellect, and society. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 The anthology, co-edited with Stephanie Feldman, is Who Will Speak for America? John Timpane,, "Nathaniel Popkin is a Philly author with a rare double play - two new books at once," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of anthology

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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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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