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.