A man tells a funny anecdote to co-workers.
A short tale about one's youth or a funny story about an incident that happened on the way to work are each an example of an anecdote.
- [pl.]Obs. little-known, entertaining facts of history or biography
- a short, entertaining account of some happening, usually personal or biographical
Origin of anecdoteFrench from Medieval Latin anecdota from Classical Greek anekdota, neuter plural of anekdotos, unpublished from an-, not + ekdotos, published from ekdidonai, to give out, publish from ek-, out + didonai, to give: see date
- A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.
- pl. an·ec·dotes, or an·ec·do·ta Secret or hitherto undivulged particulars of history or biography.
Origin of anecdoteFrench from Greek anekdota unpublished items an- not ; see a- 1. ekdota neuter pl. of ekdotos published ( from ekdidonai ekdo- to publish ) ( ek- out ; see ecto- . ) ( didonai to give ; see dō- in Indo-European roots.)
Late 17th century, from French anecdote, from Ancient Greek ἀνέκδοτος (anekdotos, “accounts unpublished”), from ἀν- (an-, “not, un-”) + ἔκδοτος (ekdotos, “published”), from ἐκδίδωμι (ekdidōmi, “I publish”), from ἐκ- (ek, “out”) + δίδωμι (didōmi, “I give”).
Virtually identical cognates in other European languages – French anecdote, German Anekdote, Spanish anécdota, among others.