plural noun

selected passages from the writings of an author or of different authors.

Also an·a·lec·ta [an-l-ek-tuh] /ˌæn lˈɛk tə/.

Origin of analects

1615–25; < Latin analecta < Greek análekta, neuter plural of análektos (verbal adjective of analégein to pick up, gather up), equivalent to ana- ana- + -lek- gather (variant of -leg-) + -tos verbal adjective suffix
Related formsan·a·lec·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for analecta

Historical Examples of analecta

  • Some additional notices of him are to be found in Wodrow's "Analecta," vol.

  • Wodrow has an anecdote in his delightful Analecta which shall introduce us into our subject to-night.

  • Wodrow himself has made no allusion to it in his Analecta, nor has any subsequent writer noticed it on either side.


    Mowbray Morris

  • A philosophical investigator of the established national superstitions would find excellent types of all of them in the Analecta.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • Certain supplementary passages to the latter volume are published in Analecta Bollandiana, i. (Paris, 1882).

British Dictionary definitions for analecta


analecta (ˌænəˈlɛktə)

pl n

selected literary passages from one or more works
Derived Formsanalectic, adjective

Word Origin for analects

C17: via Latin from Greek analekta, from analegein to collect up, from legein to gather
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Word Origin and History for analecta



1650s, "literary gleanings," from Latinized form of Greek analekta, literally "things chosen," neuter plural of analektos "select, choice," verbal adjective of analegein "to gather up, collect," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + legein "to gather," also "to choose words," hence "to speak" (see lecture (n.)).

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