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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A collection of literary pieces, such as poems, short stories, or plays.
  • n. A miscellany, assortment, or catalog, as of complaints, comments, or ideas: "The Irish love their constitution for what it is: an anthology of the clerical-nationalist ideas of 1936” ( Economist).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collection of literary works, such as poems or short stories.
  • n. An assortment of things.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A discourse on flowers.
  • n. A collection of flowers; a garland.
  • n. A collection of flowers of literature, that is, beautiful passages from authors; a collection of poems or epigrams; -- particularly applied to a collection of ancient Greek epigrams.
  • n. A service book containing a selection of pieces for the festival services.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A collection of flowers; a garland.
  • n. A collection of poems, epigrams, and fugitive pieces by various authors.
  • n. In the Gr. Ch., a selection from several of the official service-books of such parts of the services as are most needed by the laity.
  • n. A treatise on flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a collection of selected literary passages

Etymologies

Medieval Greek anthologiā, collection of epigrams, from Greek, flower gathering, from anthologein, to gather flowers : antho-, antho- + logos, a gathering (from legein, to gather.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 ("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. (Wiktionary)

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