- a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature.
- a short, obscure historical or biographical account.
Origin of anecdote
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Historical Examples of anecdota
A volume of Anecdota Brentiana was edited by Pressel in 1868.
Bekker's Anecdota include mention, also, 135 of the wooden seats of this temporary theatre.
At a rather later date I gave a chapter of additional matter of the same description in my Anecdota Literaria.A History of Caricature and Grotesque
- a short usually amusing account of an incident, esp a personal or biographical one
Word Origin for anecdote
1670s, "secret or private stories," from French anecdote (17c.) or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).
Procopius' 6c. Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories" (1761).