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plural noun
  1. selected passages from the writings of an author or of different authors.
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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
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Historical Examples of analectic

  • The magazine was bought by Moses Thomas, in 1812, who changed its name to the Analectic.

    The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850

    Albert Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for analectic


analecta (ˌænəˈlɛktə)

pl n
  1. selected literary passages from one or more works
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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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