Definition of anthology in English:


nounPlural anthologies

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

    ‘an anthology of European poetry’
    • ‘Three of my books were banned along with an anthology of writing by black writers.’
    • ‘A young football fan is to see her name in print and her soccer poem published in an anthology.’
    • ‘This collection is an updated version of an anthology that was published a decade ago.’
    • ‘His poems stopped appearing in major American poetry anthologies, and his books went out of print and remained so.’
    • ‘And, two leading publishing houses came up with anthologies of exclusively new poems.’
    • ‘What were the attitudes and aesthetics reflected in the flurry of anthologies published then?’
    • ‘She has taught writing in colleges across the country, and has continued to publish poetry in magazines and anthologies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has had numerous short stories published in magazines and anthologies.’
    • ‘Penguin had earlier published an anthology on Delhi, part of a series of such collections.’
    • ‘She has had poetry published in several anthologies, and short stories in a range of journals and magazines.’
    • ‘The group plans to publish an anthology of their work in the summer.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Other publishers were only publishing anthologies.’
    • ‘The accomplished author has also written three children's books and published two anthologies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Publishers, agents and editors are always talking about how short story collections and anthologies don't sell very well.’
    • ‘It is to be found in many anthologies published there, several of which were, or are, used in schools.’
    • ‘‘I had been writing short stories for a while,’ she says, explaining that several were published in anthologies and magazines.’
    collection, compilation, treasury, digest
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    1. 1.1 A collection of songs or musical compositions issued in one album.
      ‘a double-CD anthology of Moby Grape, the legendary Sixties San Francisco band’
      • ‘Any anthology of Lennon's work draws comparisons with his songwriting partner.’
      • ‘His beautiful ballad is the standout track of this impressive anthology.’
      • ‘Jay is currently working with past members of the band in order to put out an anthology for a soon to be issued pressing.’
      • ‘They aren't your average band, as this Singles anthology testifies.’
      • ‘This 36-track anthology double album traces their highs and not so highs from 1968 to 2001.’
      • ‘The anthology has been compiled in close collaboration with the singer's mother Jean.’
      • ‘You may find it more satisfying to listen to their early albums rather than this anthology.’
      • ‘The staging of international events, for example world fairs or cultural congresses, commonly generated anthologies of national songs.’
      • ‘I have always been a fan of box-sets and anthologies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This anthology serves as an introduction to the band's complete oeuvre.’
      • ‘Most composer anthologies gather together tracks from many different soundtrack recordings.’
      • ‘In this category, I do not include monumental anthologies, like Springsteen or the Beatles have put out.’
      • ‘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.’
      collection, selection, compendium, treasury, compilation, miscellany, pot-pourri
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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.