a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature.
a short, obscure historical or biographical account.
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How to use anecdote in a sentence
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 | Thomas Wright
Bekker's Anecdota include mention, also, 135 of the wooden seats of this temporary theatre.
A volume of Anecdota Brentiana was edited by Pressel in 1868.
British Dictionary definitions for anecdote
a short usually amusing account of an incident, esp a personal or biographical one
- anecdotic, adjective
- anecdotalist or anecdotist, noun
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