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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The gripping true-crime anthology series is based on the real experiences of Gypsy Rose Blanchard (played by Joey King) and her mother Dee Dee Blanchard (played by Patricia Arquette). Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "What Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Stepmom Says Hulu's "The Act" Got Wrong," 4 Apr. 2019 That led to a foreword by Leahy for an earlier Batman anthology. Wilson Ring, The Seattle Times, "Batman fan Sen. Patrick Leahy writes comic book’s foreword," 30 Mar. 2019 The half-hour romantic comedy anthology explores love and the human connection. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Modern Love' Anthology Based on New York Times Column Set at Amazon," 11 June 2018 The first of a series of such interactive specials will launch before the end of the year, Bloomberg reports, and the effort will include at least one episode of the popular sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Report: Netflix to offer “choose-your-own-adventure” TV series," 2 Oct. 2018 The highly anticipated new season, which began airing last week, is expected to bring back characters from both the Coven and Murder House iterations of the anthology. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Jessica Lange's Return to American Horror Story Already Has Us Shaking," 20 Sep. 2018 The sci-fi anthology series is famous for exploring the dark impact new technology can have on the modern world. Joe Otterson,, "Netflix renews 'Black Mirror' for 5th season," 5 Mar. 2018 Though many have tried—with Black Mirror perhaps coming closest in recent years—no one has truly matched the uncanny achievements of Rod Serling's anthology series. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Twilight Zone Is Coming Back. Here's Everything We Know About the Jordan Peele Reboot.," 30 Jan. 2019 Wellesley College professor Mingwei Song and UCLA professor emeritus Theodore Huters have assembled a fascinating anthology of some of the contemporary stories coming out of China today. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 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 How to pronounce anthology (audio) \
plural anthologies

Kids Definition of anthology

: a collection of writings (as stories and poems)

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