an·​thol·​o·​gy | \ an-ˈthä-lə-jē \
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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Other Words from anthology

anthological \ ˌan(t)-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ 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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Originally intended as a six-part Netflix TV series, the brothers reworked it into a feature film earlier this year, although the anthology format is intact. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Old West never looked so quirky in Ballad of Buster Scruggs trailer," 6 Nov. 2018 Three remarkable seasons later, Fargo the anthology series is its own kind of masterpiece. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: In Praise of 10 Superbly Written TV Series," 23 May 2018 The show is intended to be a satirical anthology that offers slight (and sly) social commentary in dealing with current issues like social media addiction, online dating, fitness obsession, and even genetic modification. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Dylan O'Brien and Auli'i Cravalho's New Show "Weird City" Has Its First Trailer," 10 Jan. 2019 My inner goddess runs to her favorite corner of the room with another anthology in hand. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "I Treated My Inner Goddess to a Jamie Dornan Movie Marathon and It Was Fifty Shades of Boring," 13 Feb. 2018 Similar to Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series, Dirty Computer examines the unanticipated consequences when modern society and technology mix, all with some carefree feminist vibes thrown in., "Janelle Monáe Is The Hero In Her Own Black Mirror Episode," 29 Apr. 2018 The case is now being turned into a Hulu anthology series, with Joey playing the role of Gypsy and Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Joey King Looks Totally Different as Gypsy Rose Blanchard in Hulu's "The Act"," 4 Jan. 2019 The eight-part anthology series will explore the inspirations and stories behind Dolly's beloved songs, with Dolly herself starring in each one. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Julianne Hough Will Star in Dolly Parton's Netflix Series," 31 Dec. 2018 The trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the latest entry in the popular sci-fi anthology series, has dropped this morning. James Vincent, The Verge, "Watch the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, releasing Friday 28th on Netflix," 27 Dec. 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 \
plural anthologies

Kids Definition of anthology

: a collection of writings (as stories and poems)

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