anthology[an t̸häl′ə jē]
- An anthology is defined as a book that has a large collection of writings in similar form, from a similar time, or about a similar subject manner, but by various authors.
An example of an anthology is a collection of poetry called The Poets Laureate Anthology.
- The definition of an anthology is a book with many writings by only one author.
An example of an anthology is a book that contains many of Shakespeare's plays.
- An anthology is a collection of music from one artist.
An example of an anthology is the collection titled, The Beatles' Anthology.
Origin of anthologyClassical Greek anthologia, a garland, collection of short poems ; from anthologos, gathering flowers ; from anthos (see antho-) + legein, to gather (see logic)
- A collection of literary pieces, such as poems, short stories, or plays.
- A miscellany, assortment, or catalog, as of complaints, comments, or ideas: “The Irish love their constitution for what it is: an anthology of the clerical-nationalist ideas of 1936” (Economist).
Origin of anthologyMedieval Greek anthologiā, collection of epigrams, from Greek, flower gathering, from anthologein, to gather flowers : antho-, antho- + logos, a gathering (from legein, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots).
From Ancient Greek ἀνθολογία (anthologia, “flower-gathering”), from ἀνθολογέω (anthologeō, “I gather flowers”), from ἄνθος (anthos, “flower”) + λέγω (legō, “I gather, pick up, collect”), coined by Meleager of Gadara circa 60 BCE, originally as Στέφανος (στέφανος (stephanos, “garland”)) to describe a collection of poetry, later retitled anthology – see Greek Anthology. Anthologiai were collections of small Greek poems and epigrams, because in Greek culture the flower symbolized the finer sentiments that only poetry can express.