anecdote

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Etymology[edit]

Late 17th century, from French anecdote, from Ancient Greek ἀνέκδοτος (anekdotos, accounts unpublished), from ἀν- (an-, not, un-) + ἔκδοτος (ekdotos, published), from ἐκδίδωμι (ekdidōmi, I publish), from ἐκ- (ek, out) + δίδωμι (didōmi, I give).

Virtually identical cognates in other European languages – French anecdote, German Anekdote, Spanish anécdota, among others.

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Noun[edit]

anecdote (plural anecdotes)

  1. A short account of a real incident or person, often humorous or interesting.
  2. An account which supports an argument, but which is not supported by scientific or statistical analysis.
  3. A previously untold secret account of an incident.

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anecdote f (plural anecdotes)

  1. anecdote