- 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Late 17th century, from French anecdote, from Ancient Greek ἀνέκδοτος (anékdotos, “accounts unpublished”), from ἀν- (an-, “not, un-”) + ἔκδοτος (ékdotos, “published”), from ἐκδίδωμι (ekdídōmi, “I publish”), from ἐκ- (ek-, “out”) + δίδωμι (dídōmi, “I give”).
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)