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 Creator Rod Serling's anthology show defined the genre and shaped untold numbers of science-fiction yarns, but also dealt with issues that resonate to this day. Brian Lowry, CNN, "The old 'Twilight Zone' speaks to the strange times we're living in better than the new one," 25 June 2020 The second season of USA Network's anthology series, this time about one of the most contentious divorce cases ever (and the tragic double murder that followed), has not stuck to a linear structure. Jean Bentley,, "Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story Episode 5 Recap: The Spiral," 23 June 2020 This entertaining and joyfully grisly horror-comedy anthology unleashes seven tales sending up clichés from a bunch of different subgenres (slasher flick, demonic possession, etc.), all revolving around an old-school video store. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Kevin Bacon chiller 'You Should Have Left,' 'Dads' documentary for Father's Day," 19 June 2020 Humor meets horror in Scare Package, a new anthology streaming today, Thursday, June 18, on Shudder. Kathy Passero, cleveland, "How to watch the horror-comedy anthology ‘Scare Package’ on Shudder," 18 June 2020 The anthology series from Mark and Jay Duplass returns for its fourth and final season. oregonlive, "Summer TV 2020: Your guide to premiere dates for network, cable and streaming shows," 13 June 2020 But those pieces end up getting lost as the game also tries to tell an entirely new story, one that tries to expand the Last of Us world into a generalized setting for an anthology of loosely connected stories. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us Part 2 review: A less confident, less focused sequel," 12 June 2020 The anthology includes contributions from Alexa Fae McDaniel, Lilah Sturges, Kylie Ariel Bemis, Kai Cheng Thom and more. Gwen Aviles, NBC News, "'Harry Potter' alternatives: Trans-inclusive fantasy and sci-fi books," 10 June 2020 Last night, Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story premiered on USA, and this season of the anthology series follows the true story of Betty (Amanda Peet) and Daniel Broderick (Christian Slater). Olivia Harrison,, "The Real Broderick Murder House Is Worth Over $2 Million," 3 June 2020

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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 11 Jul. 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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