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.
Recent Examples on the Web Just months after Clint Eastwood's film, Richard Jewell's story gets a more nuanced retelling in Spectrum Original's new season of an anthology bumped from Discovery. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Manhunt: Deadly Games': TV Review," 3 Feb. 2020 The new streaming service introduces an anthology series with each of the eight half-hour stories offering a take on the immigrant experience in America. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Midseason still means a January blizzard of new and returning TV shows," 3 Jan. 2020 Gay Comix was an anthology featuring LGBT comic book authors and characters. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Howard Cruse, acclaimed Alabama-born underground comics artist, dead at 75," 27 Nov. 2019 In the Philippines, one of Wattpad’s largest global regions, an anthology series called Wattpad Presents turns the site’s top stories into short films. Elena Nicolaou,, "How To Write A Book On Your Phone & Get 1 Billion Readers & A Movie Deal," 15 June 2019 The following year, the series looked at truth in politics and last year’s anthology of plays focused on the status of women. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "New Pillsbury House Theatre season includes world premieres and ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’," 23 Dec. 2019 The Grimms, however, had curated the collection as an academic anthology for scholars of German culture, not as a collection of bedtime stories for young readers. National Geographic, "Brothers Grimm fairy tales were never meant for kids," 24 Sep. 2019 Her first- and second-place poems in the Ageless Authors contest are going into an anthology that will be published later this year; the organization also gave her a total of $425 in cash prizes and a winner’s certificate., "Portland’s ‘gangster’ crows inspired poem that won international contest," 17 July 2019 New-Generation African Poets: A Clapbook Box Set—Tano, the annual groundbreaking and necessary anthology of work by emerging African poets, is co-edited by Ghanian-Jamaican poet Kwame Dawes and Nigerian-British author Chris Abani. Hope Wabuke, The Root, "These New and Upcoming Books by Black Authors Will Give You Life in These Perilous Times," 11 Feb. 2018

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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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“Anthology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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