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 or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).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 Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories"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