a book, set of books, optical disc, mobile device, or online informational resource containing articles on various topics, usually in alphabetical arrangement, covering all branches of knowledge or, less commonly, all aspects of one subject.
Encyclopedia, the French work edited by Diderot and D'Alembert, published in the 18th century, distinguished by its representation of the views of the Enlightenment.
- Sometimes en·cy·clo·pae·di·a .
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How to use encyclopedia in a sentence
Another important undertaking was the publication of the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1911.A History of the Cambridge University Press | S. C. Roberts
Some of his papers they pushed up over the bookcase, some they put behind the Encyclopaedia.A Little Dinner at Timmins's | William Makepeace Thackeray
He was an inaccurate encyclopaedia of everything that went on, but only Madge, who thought him amusing, ever cared to listen.The Missing Formula | Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
The "Encyclopaedia Britannica" was a great boon, being always "the last word" in the settlement of a debated point.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
The experiments were continued, and all available information was gathered from cookery books and the Encyclopaedia.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for encyclopedia
a book, often in many volumes, containing articles on various topics, often arranged in alphabetical order, dealing either with the whole range of human knowledge or with one particular subject: a medical encyclopedia
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