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anecdote

[an-ik-doht]
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noun, plural an·ec·dotes or for 2, an·ec·do·ta [an-ik-doh-tuh] /ˌæn ɪkˈdoʊ tə/.
  1. a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature.
  2. a short, obscure historical or biographical account.
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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 Late Greek, Greek anékdota things unpublished (referring especially to Procopius' unpublished memoirs of Justinian and Theodora), neuter plural of anékdotos, equivalent to an- an-1 + ékdotos given out, verbal adjective of ekdidónai to give out, publish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)
Can be confusedanecdote antedate antidote

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Related Words for anecdote

sketch, episode, narration, reminiscence, yarn, tale, narrative, gag, incident, relation, recital, chestnut

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Historical Examples of anecdote

  • 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.

  • "I was in the drawing-room, enjoying my dinner," said Brillat-Savarin, beginning an anecdote.

  • An anecdote relating to this garrison has been handed down to the present time.

    The Boy Captives

    John Greenleaf Whittier


British Dictionary definitions for anecdote

anecdote

noun
  1. a short usually amusing account of an incident, esp a personal or biographical one
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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C17: from Medieval Latin anecdota unpublished items, from Greek anekdotos unpublished, from an- + ekdotos published, from ekdidonai, from ek- out + didonai to give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 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 or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).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 Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories"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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