anecdote

[ an-ik-doht ]
/ ˈæn ɪkˌdoʊt /

noun, plural an·ec·dotes or for 2, an·ec·do·ta [an-ik-doh-tuh] /ˌæn ɪkˈdoʊ tə/.

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

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 Late Greek, Greek anékdota things unpublished (referring especially to Procopius' unpublished memoirs of Justinian and Theodora), neuter plural of anékdotos, equivalent to an- an-1 + ékdotos given out, verbal adjective of ekdidónai to give out, publish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 confused

anecdote antedate antidote
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anecdote

/ (ˈænɪkˌdəʊt) /

noun

a short usually amusing account of an incident, esp a personal or biographical one

Derived Forms

anecdotic, 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C17: from Medieval Latin anecdota unpublished items, from Greek anekdotos unpublished, from an- + ekdotos published, from ekdidonai, from ek- out + didonai to give
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