encyclopedia

noun

en·​cy·​clo·​pe·​dia in-ˌsī-klə-ˈpē-dē-ə How to pronounce encyclopedia (audio)
: 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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gunn is somewhat of an encyclopedia of knowledge and the perfect person person to have guiding us through this trip. George Koutsakis, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The footnotes Newson uses are a highly-curated encyclopedia that runs alongside the book. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 23 Aug. 2022 According to one encyclopedia entry, aggregate planning is the process by which an organization develops, analyses and maintains a preliminary and estimated schedule for all of its operations. Tunde Ajala, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 The courthouse is one of 70 structures constituting the Harrison Courthouse Square Historic District, which was added to the National Register on May 6, 1999, according to the encyclopedia entry. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 22 Feb. 2022 More than that, by actually living on the trail, Jack became, arguably, something unique: a hobo ambassador who was the AT’s living, breathing, ambulating encyclopedia. Dan Koeppel, Outside Online, 5 Sep. 2019 The Standford encyclopedia of philosophy did a systematic review of the hope across past and contemporary philosophers and found some common threads. London School Of Economics, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Rabbi Kahn was such a meticulous and thorough scholar that even after nine volumes the encyclopedia had not moved beyond the first letter, aleph. New York Times, 26 July 2021 In 2002, Hawkins was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was not expected to survive, according to the encyclopedia. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 30 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of encyclopedia was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Encyclopedia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encyclopedia. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

encyclopedia

noun

en·​cy·​clo·​pe·​dia in-ˌsī-klə-ˈpē-dē-ə How to pronounce encyclopedia (audio)
: a book or a set of books containing information on all branches of learning in articles arranged alphabetically by subject

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2022

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