anthology

[ an-thol-uh-jee ]
/ ænˈθɒl ə dʒi /

noun, plural an·thol·o·gies.

a book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject: an anthology of Elizabethan drama; an anthology of modern philosophy.
a collection of selected writings by one author.

Origin of anthology

1630–40; < Latin anthologia < Greek: collection of poems, literally, gathering of flowers, equivalent to anthológ(os) flower-gathering (antho- antho- + -logos, adj. derivative of légein to pick up, collect) + -ia -ia

Related forms

an·tho·log·i·cal [an-thuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌæn θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivean·tho·log·i·cal·ly, adverban·thol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anthological

anthology

/ (ænˈθɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

a collection of literary passages or works, esp poems, by various authors
any printed collection of literary pieces, songs, works of art, etc

Derived Forms

anthological (ˌænθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveanthologist, noun

Word Origin for anthology

C17: from Medieval Latin anthologia, from Greek, literally: a flower gathering, from anthos flower + legein to collect
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