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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Each photograph is combined with stories or anecdotes about that specific animal and informative facts about their species.Animal coffee table books that make great gifts and conversation fodder | PopSci Commerce Team | October 1, 2020 | Popular-Science
Rife with stunning photography and beautiful illustrations, Eicher delivers wonderfully written anecdotes, fun facts, and longer stories about discovery and innovation when it comes to galactic exploration.Space-related coffee table books that are out of this world | PopSci Commerce Team | October 1, 2020 | Popular-Science
Armed with a seemingly endless supply of outrageous anecdotes, memorable analogies, puns and quips, he makes the thorny theoretical details of the quantum internet both entertaining and accessible.‘Schrödinger’s Web’ offers a sneak peek at the quantum internet | Dan Garisto | September 28, 2020 | Science News
The idea that female world leaders were outperforming male ones was based on several high-profile anecdotes.Do countries with female leaders truly fare better with Covid-19? | Alexandra Ossola | July 9, 2020 | Quartz
I recommend the audiobook because the inflection matters and hammers home some of the anecdotes shared.
In doing so, the vice president delighted the audience with a personal anecdote from his childhood as Joey Biden.
The anecdote is a perfect parable for the power and ignorance of artistic patrons.
Before we get off the phone, Kent stumbles and stammers until finding her footing in a heartwarming anecdote.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year | Samuel Fragoso | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the same interview, he told an anecdote about what it means to be a good salesman.
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’ | Jennie Yabroff | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We were speaking of the faculty of mimicry, and he told me such a funny little anecdote about Chopin.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Never anticipate the point or joke of any anecdote told in your presence.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Somers related an anecdote, well worthy to be remembered, which had been preserved by tradition in the noble house of De Vere.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
One traditional anecdote, and the brief history of Peter Ilich as an official is complete.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
Compare this Norman with the hero of the following little anecdote which the Scotch tell.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
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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