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Late 17th c., from French anecdote, from Ancient Greek ἀνέκδοτος (anékdotos, “accounts unpublished”), from ἀν- (an-, “not, un-”) + ἔκδοτος (ékdotos, “published”), from ἐκδίδωμι (ekdídōmi, “I publish”), from ἐκ- (ek-, “out”) + δίδωμι (dídōmi, “I give”).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.
- anecdota (only attested in the plural (anecdotae), probably non-standard)
- anecdoton (Grecian)
- anecdotum (rare, Latinate)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈæ.nɪk.doʊt/
anecdote (plural anecdotes)
- A short account of a real incident or person, often humorous or interesting.
- An account that supports an argument, but which is not supported by scientific or statistical analysis.
- A previously untold secret account of an incident.
anecdote (third-person singular simple present anecdotes, present participle anecdoting, simple past and past participle anecdoted)
- (transitive, intransitive) To tell anecdotes (about).