- selecting or choosing from various sources.
- made up of what is selected from different sources.
- not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
- noting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles, the style in each instance often being chosen for its fancied appropriateness to local tradition, local geography, the purpose to be served, or the cultural background of the client.
- Also ec·lec·ti·cist [ih-klek-tuh-sist] /ɪˈklɛk tə sɪst/. a person who follows an eclectic method, as in philosophy or architecture.
Origin of eclectic
Examples from the Web for eclectic
I think this is just much more natural and eclectic than a lot of films.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
But these days, Starbucks features an eclectic mix of music with a very heavy dose of jazz.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love
June 15, 2014
Forty-eight works from 37 artists, including 18 women, are on display, and the selection is eclectic.Pharrell’s ‘GIRLS’ Exhibit Stars...Pharrell?
May 29, 2014
He also posted the tips videos on YouTube, where his eclectic likes suggest the very opposite of a narrow-minded fanatic.Don’t Turn This Malaysia Airlines Pilot Into Flight 370’s Richard Jewell
March 17, 2014
They also attest to a constant in his eclectic artistic career: his long-standing relationship and work with the ICA.All Hail Richard Hamilton, the Father of British Pop Art
February 22, 2014
Philosophy had become extravagant, eclectic, abstract, devoid of any real content.Phaedrus
There are courses that are foundational and that must therefore be governed by an eclectic aim.College Teaching
We've had all the doctors, eclectic an' herb besides, an' they don't give her no hope.Country Neighbors
The crowd of onlookers was as odd, and eclectic, and keen, as can possibly be imagined.Fantmas
With respect to "highness" and "lowness," my ideas are only eclectic and not very clear.More Letters of Charles Darwin
- (in art, philosophy, etc) selecting what seems best from various styles, doctrines, ideas, methods, etc
- composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources, styles, etc
- a person who favours an eclectic approach, esp in art or philosophy
Word Origin and History for eclectic
1680s, originally in reference to a group of ancient philosophers who selected doctrines from every system; from French eclectique (1650s), from Greek eklektikos "selective," literally "picking out," from eklektos "selected," from eklegein "pick out, select," from ek "out" (see ex-) + legein "gather, choose" (see lecture (n.)). Broader sense of "borrowed from diverse sources" is first recorded 1847. As a noun from 1817.