Definition of anecdote noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈænɪkdəʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪkdoʊt//
    [countable, uncountable] Types of story
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  1. 1a short, interesting or amusing story about a real person or event amusing anecdotes about his brief career as an actor The book is a rich store of anecdote. See related entries: Types of story
  2. 2a personal account of an event This research is based on anecdote, not fact.
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French, or via modern Latin from Greek anekdota ‘things unpublished’, from an- ‘not’ + ekdotos, from ekdidōnai ‘publish’.Extra examples The biographer provides a telling anecdote about the President’s actions at this time. We swapped anecdotes about old friends. He has lots of amusing anecdotes about his brief career as an actor.
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