[ an-thol-uh-jee ]
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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.

Origin of anthology

First recorded in 1630–40; from Latin anthologia, from Greek: “collection of poems,” literally, “gathering of flowers,” from anthológ(os) “flower-gathering” (antho- antho- + -logos, adjective derivative of légein “to gather, recount, say, speak”) + -ia -ia

Other words from anthology

  • an·tho·log·i·cal [an-thuh-loj-i-kuhl], /ˌæn θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjective
  • an·tho·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·thol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use anthology in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for anthology


/ (ænˈθɒlədʒɪ) /

nounplural -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

Origin of anthology

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

Derived forms of anthology

  • anthological (ˌænθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
  • anthologist, noun

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