- 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- Unpublished narratives.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.
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 or straight from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to offer" (see time (n.1)).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 Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian saturated in judge gossip, provided your message a feeling of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing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).
(n.) Unpublished narratives.
- (letter.) A certain or detached event or reality of an appealing nature; a biographical event or fragment; a single passage of personal life.
The earliest anecdote of Pascal is one of his being bewitched and freed from the spell.