Definition of collectanea in US English:


plural noun

  • also treated as singular Passages, remarks, and other pieces of text collected from various sources.

    • ‘To convey this message, a ‘collectanea’ of observations and corresponding images are used.’
    • ‘Constituting an important portion of the ancient literature of China, classified books and collectanea are the embodiment of the wisdom of the past.’
    collection, selection, anthology, treasury, compendium, album, corpus, miscellany, pot-pourri
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Mid 17th century: Latin, neuter plural of collectaneus ‘gathered together’.