- 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 anecdote
The anecdote is a perfect parable for the power and ignorance of artistic patrons.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
December 3, 2014
In the same interview, he told an anecdote about what it means to be a good salesman.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
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One visitor, an elderly woman named Mrs. Lacey, relays an anecdote about her American son-in-law.Colm Toibin Describes The Creation Of His Quiet Masterpiece ‘Nora Webster’
November 3, 2014
A third post by Davis then took apart an anecdote Tyson told about George W. Bush, showing it to be false.The Right’s War on Neil deGrasse Tyson
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That anecdote is blown out into a full-blown love story plot in the film.Why 'The Giver' Movie Will Disappoint the Book's Fans
August 15, 2014
In fact, a large portion of the whole book was built on that anecdote.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The old man completed this anecdote in tones that were slightly inflamed.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This is, at least, the impression left on us by an anecdote told by Elwin.De Libris: Prose and Verse
"I was in the drawing-room, enjoying my dinner," said Brillat-Savarin, beginning an anecdote.The Devil's Dictionary
An anecdote relating to this garrison has been handed down to the present time.The Boy Captives
John Greenleaf Whittier
- a short usually amusing account of an incident, esp a personal or biographical one
Word Origin and History 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 or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).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 Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories"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).