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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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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Starting in the 1950s, Hall published more than 50 books, from poetry and drama to biography and memoirs, and edited a pair of influential anthologies. Hillel Italie,, "Prolific, painfully candid ex-poet laureate Donald Hall dies," 24 June 2018 Not surprisingly, the anthology focuses on the success stories, not the fewer failures. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Coming to America," 31 May 2018 The woman who put the anthology together is a study in empowerment. Christine M. Flowers,, "Can strong women be non-partisan? | Christine Flowers," 24 May 2018 The anthology was meant to signal a gutting and remaking of the black collective spirit. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 Jason Hehir, whose credits include The Fab Five and Andre the Giant documentaries, will direct the anthology, and the series will be produced by Mike Tollin, a frequent ESPN 30 for 30 producer. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "ESPN, Netflix announce 10-part Michael Jordan documentary series that will debut next year," 15 May 2018 Fleischer is widely published in small independent press chapbooks, anthologies and journals. Carole Goldberg,, "Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, Blanche McCrary Boyd To Give Book Talks," 2 May 2018 Murphy confirmed the theme for the eighth season of his Emmy-winning anthology series American Horror Story in a tweet this afternoon. Morgan Baila,, "American Horror Story: Witches," 14 June 2018 Aja, who previously directed High Tension and the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, brought two installments of his new Campfire Creepers anthology to Tribeca. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Holograms, campfire horror stories, and OK Go: the best VR and AR from the Tribeca Film Festival," 27 May 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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