Definition of anthology in English:



  • 1A published collection of poems or other pieces of writing.

    ‘an anthology of European poetry’
    • ‘She has taught writing in colleges across the country, and has continued to publish poetry in magazines and anthologies.’
    • ‘A young football fan is to see her name in print and her soccer poem published in an anthology.’
    • ‘She notes that because much of today's market is dependent on college survey courses, among the volumes of poetry published, only anthologies can hope for mass-market success.’
    • ‘Publishers, agents and editors are always talking about how short story collections and anthologies don't sell very well.’
    • ‘The winning posters will be printed and the best poems will be published in a special anthology, which will be distributed to schools across the county.’
    • ‘What were the attitudes and aesthetics reflected in the flurry of anthologies published then?’
    • ‘This collection is an updated version of an anthology that was published a decade ago.’
    • ‘Penguin had earlier published an anthology on Delhi, part of a series of such collections.’
    • ‘My list is only a sample of the number of North American Italian anthologies that have been published in recent years and does not include the vast number of collections of critical essays.’
    • ‘And, two leading publishing houses came up with anthologies of exclusively new poems.’
    • ‘Three of my books were banned along with an anthology of writing by black writers.’
    • ‘It is to be found in many anthologies published there, several of which were, or are, used in schools.’
    • ‘Other publishers were only publishing anthologies.’
    • ‘The accomplished author has also written three children's books and published two anthologies.’
    • ‘I always wanted to do a book of lost poems; I love anthologies of poems because you find these unexpected treasures in the middle of nowhere.’
    • ‘She has had poetry published in several anthologies, and short stories in a range of journals and magazines.’
    • ‘He has had numerous short stories published in magazines and anthologies.’
    • ‘‘I had been writing short stories for a while,’ she says, explaining that several were published in anthologies and magazines.’
    • ‘His poems stopped appearing in major American poetry anthologies, and his books went out of print and remained so.’
    • ‘The group plans to publish an anthology of their work in the summer.’
    collection, compilation, treasury, digest
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    1. 1.1A collection of songs or musical compositions issued in one album.
      ‘a double-CD anthology of Moby Grape, the legendary Sixties San Francisco band’
      • ‘They aren't your average band, as this Singles anthology testifies.’
      • ‘Everything that's to be had here is available on the official releases from the period and much of it's been collected previously on two separate anthologies.’
      • ‘Jay is currently working with past members of the band in order to put out an anthology for a soon to be issued pressing.’
      • ‘This 36-track anthology double album traces their highs and not so highs from 1968 to 2001.’
      • ‘Most composer anthologies gather together tracks from many different soundtrack recordings.’
      • ‘His beautiful ballad is the standout track of this impressive anthology.’
      • ‘This double-disc anthology of music from fourteen of his film scores should help fill the gap.’
      • ‘The non-LP material that fleshes out the rest of the anthology is less rewarding.’
      • ‘I have always been a fan of box-sets and anthologies.’
      • ‘This anthology serves as an introduction to the band's complete oeuvre.’
      • ‘You may find it more satisfying to listen to their early albums rather than this anthology.’
      • ‘The anthology has been compiled in close collaboration with the singer's mother Jean.’
      • ‘In this category, I do not include monumental anthologies, like Springsteen or the Beatles have put out.’
      • ‘The staging of international events, for example world fairs or cultural congresses, commonly generated anthologies of national songs.’
      • ‘Any anthology of Lennon's work draws comparisons with his songwriting partner.’


Mid 17th century: via French or medieval Latin from Greek anthologia, from anthos flower + -logia collection (from legein gather). In Greek, the word originally denoted a collection of the ‘flowers’ of verse, i.e. small choice poems or epigrams, by various authors.