- a book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject: an anthology of Elizabethan drama; an anthology of modern philosophy.
- a collection of selected writings by one author.
Origin of anthology
Examples from the Web for anthologist
Its director was a man of letters and an anthologist of repute.The Drunkard
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
But the anthologist had not been 'wrapped up' like the rest of us.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front
E. W. Hornung
Indeed the pangs of the anthologist, if he has conscience, are burdensome.Modern Essays
- a collection of literary passages or works, esp poems, by various authors
- any printed collection of literary pieces, songs, works of art, etc
Word Origin and History for anthologist
1630s, "collection of poetry," from Latin anthologia, from Greek anthologia "collection of small poems and epigrams by several authors," literally "flower-gathering," from anthos "a flower" (see anther) + logia "collection, collecting," from legein "gather" (see lecture (n.)). Modern sense (which emerged in Late Greek) is metaphoric, "flowers" of verse, small poems by various writers gathered together.