- The definition of eclectic is something that is made up of various sources or styles.
An example of eclectic is the taste in music of a person who enjoys listening to country, hip hop, gospel and classical music.
eclectic definition by Webster's New World
- selecting from various systems, doctrines, or sources
- composed of material gathered from various sources, systems, etc.
Origin: Classical Greek eklektikos ; from eklegein, to select ; from ek-, out plush legein, to choose, pick: see logic
- eclectically adverb
eclectic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles: an eclectic taste in music; an eclectic approach to managing the economy.
- Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources: “a popular bar patronized by an eclectic collection of artists, writers, secretaries and aging soldiers on reserve duty” (Curtis Wilkie).
Origin: Greek eklektikos, selective, from eklektos, selected, from eklegein, to select : ek-, out; see ecto- + legein, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- e·clecˈti·cal·ly adverb