anecdote

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Etymology[edit]

Late 17th c., from French anecdote, from Ancient Greek ἀνέκδοτος (anékdotos, accounts unpublished), from ἀν- (an-, not, un-) + ἔκδοτος (ékdotos, published), from ἐκδίδωμι (ekdídōmi, I publish), from ἐκ- (ek-, out) + δίδωμι (dídōmi, I give).

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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Verb[edit]

anecdote (third-person singular simple present anecdotes, present participle anecdoting, simple past and past participle anecdoted)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To tell anecdotes (about).
    • 1879, Eustace Clare Grenville Murray, That Artful Vicar
      They were all men of the same set, knowing one another intimately, and knowing the same people; so they fell to talking and anecdoting in such pleasant wise that dinner-time approached []
    • 1986, Elliot L. Gilbert, Best Short Stories from the California Quarterly, 1971-1985 (page 101)
      Bob anecdoted the circus he and Jimmy had seen that afternoon.

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Noun[edit]

anecdote f (plural anecdotes)

  1. anecdote

Descendants[edit]

  • Russian: анекдо́т (anekdót) (see there for further descendants)

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