- anecdota (only attested in the plural (anecdotae), probably non-standard)
- anecdoton (Grecian)
- anecdotum (rare, Latinate)
Late 17th century, from French anecdote, from Ancient Greek ἀνέκδοτος (anekdotos, “accounts unpublished”), from ἀν- (an-, “not, un-”) + ἔκδοτος (ekdotos, “published”), from ἐκδίδωμι (ekdidōmi, “I publish”), from ἐκ- (ek, “out”) + δίδωμι (didōmi, “I give”).
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anecdote (plural anecdotes)
- A short account of a real incident or person, often humorous or interesting.
- An account which supports an argument, but which is not supported by scientific or statistical analysis.
- A previously untold secret account of an incident.
- anecdotish (rare)
- anecdotive (rare)
anecdote f (plural anecdotes)