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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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 Each episode of Matthew Weiner's anthology series The Romanoffs takes its audience to a new setting with an entirely new cast, and in some cases, into a new television genre. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Christina Hendricks Reflects on Her Romanoffs' Character's Shocking Death," 20 Oct. 2018 Set to release in January 2019, the trailer for the Emmy-winning anthology series follows Moonlight's Mahershala Ali's character through three different time periods in his character's life. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The First 'True Detective' Season 3 Trailer Is Haunting in the Best Way Possible," 27 Aug. 2018 Philadelphia’s Nathaniel Popkin has two at once — a novel and a big literary anthology responding to the Trump era. John Timpane,, "Nathaniel Popkin is a Philly author with a rare double play - two new books at once," 11 July 2018 Here’s the latest trailer for the Coen brothers’ Netflix film — an anthology of six different stories that was initially announced as a short TV series. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, UglyDolls, and more," 10 Nov. 2018 Alok Vaid-Menon Vaid-Menon is a performance artist, writer, and poet, who recently wrote an anthology of poems titled Femme in Public, about encountering street harassment as a gender nonconforming person. Noor Brara, Vogue, "9 Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Writers You Should Know," 30 Oct. 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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