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noun, plural an·thol·o·gies.
  1. 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.
  2. a collection of selected writings by one author.
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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 formsan·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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Historical Examples of anthologist

  • Its director was a man of letters and an anthologist of repute.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • But the anthologist had not been 'wrapped up' like the rest of us.

  • Indeed the pangs of the anthologist, if he has conscience, are burdensome.

    Modern Essays

    John Macy

British Dictionary definitions for anthologist


noun plural -gies
  1. a collection of literary passages or works, esp poems, by various authors
  2. any printed collection of literary pieces, songs, works of art, etc
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Derived Formsanthological (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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Word Origin and History for anthologist



1630s, "collection of poetry," from Latin anthologia, from Greek anthologia "collection of small poems and epigrams by several authors," literally "flower-gathering," from anthos "a flower" (see anther) + logia "collection, collecting," from legein "gather" (see lecture (n.)). Modern sense (which emerged in Late Greek) is metaphoric, "flowers" of verse, small poems by various writers gathered together.

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