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anthology

[ an-thol-uh-jee ]
/ ænˈθɒl ə dʒi /
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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.

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RELATED WORDS

album, compendium, selection, garland, omnibus, compilation, treasury, digest

Nearby words

anthodium, anthol., anthological, anthologically, anthologize, anthology, anthony, anthony dollar, anthony of padua, anthony of padua, saint, anthony, saint

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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British Dictionary definitions for anthology

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 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anthology

anthology


n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper