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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Other Words from anthology

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 The anthology returns for Season 3, this time starring Daniel Radcliffe as a small-town preacher who teams with an outlaw (Steve Buscemi) to lead a wagon train that’s headed to Oregon in 1844. oregonlive, 2 June 2021 What sets this anthology apart from nearly every other collection of anti-war songs, though, is race. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2021 But with this anthology there are still dozens of other fascinating roads in and out of the place. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 So much of Cory Doctorow’s work imagines ingenious solutions to our current binds that this anthology is a perfect fit for his talents. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 This anthology serves as a companion, featuring the voices of Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear and Craig Santos Perez, among others. Annabel Gutterman, Time, 30 Apr. 2021 The anthology represents a wide range of poetic voices revealing gratitude as an essential emotion that is simple and complex, all around us but also elusive., 13 Apr. 2021 As the anthology shows, though, Diski could make almost anything seem interesting. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 To date, there are nearly 30 novels in the Wild Cards anthology across four publishers, in addition to 19 short stories that have all been published on the Tor Books website. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 10 Mar. 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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15 Jun 2021

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“Anthology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 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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