plural noun

col·​lec·​ta·​nea ˌkä-ˌlek-ˈtā-nē-ə How to pronounce collectanea (audio)
: collected writings
also : literary items forming a collection

Word History


borrowed from Medieval Latin collēctānea, noun derivative from neuter plural of Latin collēctāneus "assembled from various sources, collected," from collēctus, past participle of colligere "to gather together, assemble, accumulate" + -āneus, adjective suffix (from -ānus -an entry 2 + -eus -eous) — more at collect entry 2

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of collectanea was in 1791

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Cite this Entry

“Collectanea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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