noun, plural an·ec·dotes or for 2, an·ec·do·ta [an-ik-doh-tuh] /ˌæn ɪkˈdoʊ tə/.
Origin of anecdote
Examples from the Web for anecdote
The anecdote is a perfect parable for the power and ignorance of artistic patrons.
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|DAILY BEAST
A third post by Davis then took apart an anecdote Tyson told about George W. Bush, showing it to be false.
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|Kevin Fallon|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gray man now commenced an anecdote, which I shall give in his own words.Road Scrapings: Coaches and Coaching|M. E. Haworth
I repeat—for certain reasons—that I closed with an anecdote.Essays on Paul Bourget|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The anecdote met with instantaneous success, and I hurried away into the dark.The Virginian|Owen Wister
The anecdote appeared in the Noctes; it was made the subject of much joke and remark, and must have reached Wordsworth's ears.
An anecdote which my father told us, characteristic of Mrs. Jackson, impressed my young mind very forcibly.'Three Score Years and Ten'|Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve
Word Origin 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 or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).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 Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories"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).