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[an-thol-uh-jee] /ænˈθɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural anthologies.
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.
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
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[an-thuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌæn θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
anthologically, adverb
anthologist, noun Unabridged
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  • Some of the pieces, like his rumination on romantic movies, fit perfectly in a pop-culture anthology.
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  • It's an anthology of "geeky" short stories.
  • It is an anthology of his essays and book reviews spanning the past quarter-century.
  • The new show will be a half-hour dramatic anthology, one of the most ambitious of this species ever to hit the air.
  • All the innocence and daring of youth are elegantly captured in this heartfelt anthology of brilliant voices from 22 countries.
  • In effect the show is an anthology and can be enjoyed for its sheer abundance of major works.
  • In this anthology of fiction, contemporary writers react against the superficial, sometimes perverse trends of modern life.
  • This new anthology includes two novels and one story collection.
  • The anthology was a grand collaboration in more ways than one.
British Dictionary definitions for anthology


noun (pl) -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 Forms
anthological (ˌænθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
anthologist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin anthologia, from Greek, literally: a flower gathering, from anthos flower + legein to collect
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Word Origin and History for anthology

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
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