- 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.
- selecting from various systems, doctrines, or sources
- composed of material gathered from various sources, systems, etc.
Origin of eclecticClassical Greek eklektikos ; from eklegein, to select ; from ek-, out + legein, to choose, pick: see logic
- 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 of eclecticGreek eklektikos, selective, from eklektos, selected, from eklegein, to select : ek-, out; see ecto– + legein, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more eclectic, superlative most eclectic)
- Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.