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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.
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 forms
[an-thuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌæn θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
anthologically, adverb
anthologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anthologies
  • The essay became a touchstone in the heyday of literary theory, reprinted in a slew of anthologies and cited copiously.
  • The books are anthologies of writing done by the students in the program.
  • Poets who compile anthologies--or even reading lists--should be scrupulously honest in including only poems they genuinely admire.
  • And the extent of what he knows would never be guessed by one who met him only in anthologies.
  • There have never before been so many new books of poetry published, so many anthologies or literary magazines.
  • Two books, literature anthologies, rest side by side here on my desk.
  • It must be the season for posthumous anthologies of treats by beloved children's authors.
  • Old poets, and some new, flared brightly for a time in instantly published anthologies or on ever more muscular blogs.
  • They can criticise and expound verses, and invent theories of poetics, and compile anthologies.
  • His place in anthologies and on college reading lists is secure.
British Dictionary definitions for anthologies


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anthologies



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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