anecdote

[ an-ik-doht ]
/ ˈæn ɪkˌdoʊt /
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noun, plural an·ec·dotes or for 2, an·ec·do·ta [an-ik-doh-tuh] /ˌæn ɪkˈdoʊ tə/.

a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature.
a short, obscure historical or biographical account.

Nearby words

  1. ane,
  2. anear,
  3. anecdata,
  4. anecdotage,
  5. anecdotal,
  6. anecdotic,
  7. anecdotist,
  8. anecdysis,
  9. anechoic,
  10. anectasis

Origin of anecdote

1670–80; < New Latin anecdota or French anecdotes < Late Greek, Greek anékdota things unpublished (referring especially to Procopius' unpublished memoirs of Justinian and Theodora), neuter plural of anékdotos, equivalent to an- an-1 + ékdotos given out, verbal adjective of ekdidónai to give out, publish (ek- ec- + didónai to give)

SYNONYMS FOR anecdote
Can be confusedanecdote antedate antidote

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British Dictionary definitions for anecdota

anecdote

/ (ˈænɪkˌdəʊt) /

noun

a short usually amusing account of an incident, esp a personal or biographical one
Derived Formsanecdotic, adjectiveanecdotalist or anecdotist, noun

Word Origin for anecdote

C17: from Medieval Latin anecdota unpublished items, from Greek anekdotos unpublished, from an- + ekdotos published, from ekdidonai, from ek- out + didonai to give

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Word Origin and History for anecdota

anecdote

n.

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 or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).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 Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories"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).

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