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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In addition to helming psychological thriller Always Shine with Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald, Takal recently worked for Blumhouse on their anthology series Into the Dark. Kaitlin Reilly,, "The Remake Of Black Christmas Just Scored A Killer Feminist Update," 15 June 2019 Close to the 50th anniversary of the event that began the modern LGBTQ movement, Baumann shares his anthology of archival and first-person accounts. John Timpane,, "Readings by authors in Philly this summer: Jennifer Weiner, Richard Russo, and more," 5 June 2019 Netflix's new anthology series wants to know how easily normal, good people can turn bad. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Renée Zellweger's Netflix Series What / If Is Out Now on Netflix," 24 May 2019 As for what’s next, Scott is set to appear in an episode of Prime Video’s anthology series Modern Love, and a war movie titled 1917. Rachel Paige,, "Why The Actor From Black Mirror's "Smithereens" Seems So, So Familiar," 7 June 2019 Work by writers who are less widely known, such as Jamila Hashmi, Sajid Rashid, Zakia Mashhadi, and Tassaduq Sohail, are harder yet to find—but this is what makes Memon’s anthology special. Saira Khan, The New Yorker, "“The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told” Is a Belated Introduction to a Thrilling Canon," 7 June 2019 The company has pushed further into television following the success of HBO’s The Jinx, and Blum is at work on a miniseries about late Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and an anthology horror series for Hulu. Mickey Rapkin, Town & Country, "The Horror of Jason Blum," 17 Oct. 2018 The show wasn’t a thriller or a horror anthology or a true crime wallow. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Mom-Coms Latch On to the Raw Reality of New Motherhood," 31 May 2018 The streaming giant has handed out a straight-to-series order for Guillermo Del Toro's 10 After Midnight, an individual episodic horror anthology from the Oscar winner behind The Shape of Water. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Guillermo Del Toro Horror Anthology Series a Go at Netflix," 14 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 How to pronounce anthology (audio) \
plural anthologies

Kids Definition of anthology

: a collection of writings (as stories and poems)

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