Examples from the Web for encyclopedia
I joke that I started as a kid revising the encyclopedia by stickering the one my mother bought.
Reading the Encyclopedia Brittanica while walking the Appalachian Trail!
In Paris, Kis completed his last work, The Encyclopedia of the Dead, a wonderful collection of fablelike stories.
When I read the encyclopedia, I made a list of the best and worst jobs in the world.
I would read the encyclopedia, medical books, and in bookstores I looked for the human-sexuality section.
Roosevelt said that his book was as dry as an encyclopedia, thus erring in precisely the direction one would not have expected.Theodore Roosevelt|Henry Cabot Lodge
Yes, went on Helen relentlessly, we call her the Encyclopedia for short.Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer|Rena I. Halsey
An encyclopedia might be compiled on the subject by writing minute records and dry details, but an encyclopedia was not desired.Policing the Plains|R.G. MacBeth
That was after we read about the Cyclopes in the Ulysses story in our encyclopedia.A World Called Crimson|Darius John Granger
The Encyclopedia Britannica is not on the trail for truth—it wants current prejudices.Comrade Kropotkin|Victor Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for encyclopedia
Word Origin for encyclopedia
Word Origin and History for encyclopedia
1530s, "course of instruction," from Modern Latin encyclopaedia (c.1500), thought to be a false reading by Latin authors of Greek enkyklios paideia taken as "general education," but literally "training in a circle," i.e. the "circle" of arts and sciences, the essentials of a liberal education; from enkyklios "circular," also "general" (from en "in" + kyklos "circle") + paideia "education, child-rearing," from pais (genitive paidos) "child" (see pedo-).
Modern sense of "reference work arranged alphabetically" is from 1640s, often applied specifically to the French "Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des Sciences, des Arts, et des Métiers" (1751-65).