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 anecdotes
The plot was a string of anecdotes from the senseless shootings of friends that Brinsley knew.
There was always time in our work sessions for stories and anecdotes.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The anecdotes all reveal something uncomfortably schizophrenic about our world…but even so: what has gotten into this woman?
Picasso, that volcanic talker, filled volumes with his anecdotes, aphorisms, and witticisms.Rackstraw Downes’s Art and Essays Are Two Sides of the Same Genius|Bill Morris|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I am like a human search engine of sentimental quotes and anecdotes.Read Jon Favreau’s Full Commencement Address to College of the Holy Cross|Jon Favreau|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It mostly consisted of how the inner man should be sustained, and of anecdotes of agility in avoiding shot and shell.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. IV (of 6)|Louis Creswicke
I feel that these anecdotes seem to belie her exquisite refinement, the rapidity and delicacy of her mental movement.Some Diversions of a Man of Letters|Edmund William Gosse
One might continue these anecdotes for as long as the young man's poem lasted, and perhaps hold as large an audience.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
Prudence, instructed by experience, enters a general caution against all anecdotes particularly striking.History of England from the fall of Wolsey to the death of Elizabeth. Vol. III|James Anthony Froude
I told him the truth, even resorting to anecdotes about riding freight cars, to make myself clear.My Life|Josiah Flynt
British Dictionary definitions for anecdotes
Word Origin for anecdote
Word Origin and History for anecdotes
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 or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).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 Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories"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).