1658, from Ancient Greek ἀνάλεκτα (análekta, “things chosen”), from ἀνα- (ana-, “up”) + λέγειν (légein, “to gather”). Compare lecture.
analects (plural only)
- A collection of excerpts or quotes.
a collection of excerpts of quotes
Typically in reference or comparison to the Analects of Confucius, based on James Legge's use of the term in his influential translation.
- ^ “analects” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).