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Definition of encyclopedia

: a work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge usually in articles arranged alphabetically often by subject

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In previous work, Jones has used other reference books: encyclopedias, volumes on the law and medicine. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "One artist’s solution to the racial inequities embedded in books: Rip them apart," 5 Aug. 2019 The 288-page encyclopedia of local real estate is published by the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals (NTCAR). Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Everything you've ever wanted to know about Dallas real estate history in one book," 22 Aug. 2019 Medaglia, who spent more than 20 years driving for Golden Gate Transit, mostly on commute runs in and out of San Francisco, is a walking encyclopedia. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "There really is a place where old buses are admired and respected — and it’s in Fremont," 17 Aug. 2019 Bestiaries, popular mostly in Northern Europe, started fading out after about 1300, subsumed into broader natural history texts and encyclopedias. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World’ Review: Wondrous Records of Animal Lore," 15 June 2019 The castle's extravagant throne room, with an exquisite mosaic floor depicting a visual encyclopedia of animals and plants, was modeled in a Neo-Byzantine style to emphasize his royal status. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "European royalty's most over-the-top summer retreats, from Versailles to Neuschwanstein," 8 July 2019 Solano also kept a mental encyclopedia of restaurant suggestions. Maya Lau, latimes.com, "After confronting a threat, Deputy Joseph Solano remembered for his courage and kindness," 14 June 2019 In 10th-century Basra, in present-day Iraq, a shadowy group of Muslim intellectuals called the Brethren of Purity compiled a massive encyclopedia of all the scientific and philosophical knowledge of the time. Eric Ormsby, WSJ, "‘Arabs’ Review: One Tongue, Many Peoples," 26 Apr. 2019 Dozens of Yale students and staff gathered Tuesday at the Yale School of Management to learn how to give those and many other Yale women their due on the predominantly male, English version of the crowd-sourced, online encyclopedia. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of encyclopedia

1644, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for encyclopedia

Medieval Latin encyclopaedia course of general education, from Greek enkyklios + paideia education, child rearing, from paid-, pais child — more at few

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The first known use of encyclopedia was in 1644

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English Language Learners Definition of encyclopedia

: a reference work (such as a book, series of books, Web site, or CD-ROM) that contains information about many different subjects or a lot of information about a particular subject


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: a book or a set of books containing information on all branches of learning in articles arranged alphabetically by subject

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