meaning of anecdote

anecdote meaning in General Dictionary

Unpublished narratives

View more

  • short account of an event (especially a biographical one)
  • Unpublished narratives.
  • A particular or detached event or fact of an interesting nature; a biographical event or fragment; just one passage of private life.

anecdote meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1670s, "key or private tales," from French anecdote (17c.) or straight from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to offer" (see time (n.1)). Procopius' 6c. Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian saturated in judge gossip, provided your message a feeling of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing tales" (1761).


anecdote meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Unpublished narratives.

View more

  • (letter.) A certain or detached event or reality of an appealing nature; a biographical event or fragment; a single passage of personal life.

Sentence Examples with the word anecdote

The earliest anecdote of Pascal is one of his being bewitched and freed from the spell.

View more Sentence Examples