[ an-l-ekts ]
/ ˈæn lˌɛkts /

plural noun

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

Nearby words

  1. anal-expulsive,
  2. anal-retentive,
  3. anal.,
  4. analbuminemia,
  5. analcite,
  6. analects of confucius, the,
  7. analemma,
  8. analeptic,
  9. analeptic enema,
  10. analgesia

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

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British Dictionary definitions for analectic


analecta (ˌænəˈlɛktə)

/ (ˈænəˌlɛkts) /

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 analectic



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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