anecdote

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈænɪkdəʊt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈænɪkˌdoʊt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(anik dōt′)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
an•ec•dote /ˈænɪkˌdoʊt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a short story about an interesting or amusing incident or event, often biographical.
an•ec•do•tal, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
an•ec•dote  (anik dōt′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a short account of a particular incident or event of an interesting or amusing nature, often biographical.
  • Late Greek, Greek anékdota things unpublished (referring esp. to Procopius' unpublished memoirs of Justinian and Theodora), neuter plural of anékdotos, equivalent. to an- an-1 + ékdotos given out, verbal adjective, adjectival of ekdidónai to give out, publish (ek- ec- + didónai to give)
  • Neo-Latin anecdota or French anecdotes
  • 1670–80
    story, yarn, reminiscence.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
anecdote /ˈænɪkˌdəʊt/ n
  1. a short usually amusing account of an incident, esp a personal or biographical one
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin anecdota unpublished items, from Greek anekdotos unpublished, from an- + ekdotos published, from ekdidonai, from ek- out + didonai to give

ˌanecˈdotalist, ˈanecˌdotist n
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