Anthology meaning

ăn-thŏl'ə-jē
A collection of literary pieces, such as poems, short stories, or plays.
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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.

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A published collection of poems, stories, songs, excerpts, etc.
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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.

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A collection of literary works, such as poems or short stories.
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An anthology is a collection of music from one artist.

An example of an anthology is the collection titled, The Beatles' Anthology.

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A miscellany, assortment, or catalog, as of complaints, comments, or ideas.
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(by extension) An assortment of things.
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Origin of anthology

  • Medieval Greek anthologiā collection of epigrams from Greek flower gathering from anthologein to gather flowers antho- antho- logos a gathering (from legein to gather leg- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary