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Definition of the noun anecdote

What does anecdote mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: anecdotes / anecdota (less preferred form)

  1. short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
    • example: He began his lecture with a humorous anecdote.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: account / report = the act of informing by verbal report

Alternative definition of the noun anecdote


  1. A short account of an incident, often humorous.
  2. An account which supports an argument, but which is not supported by scientific or statistical analysis.
  3. A previously untold secret account of an incident.

Definition of the noun anecdote for high school students

    a short, humorous account
    • example: After dinner, Marlon told an anecdote about the time he got his nose stuck in a toaster.

The noun anecdote is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


  1. "Anecdote" is a full-length Azerbaijani film shot in Baku in 1989. Made in the tragic comedy genre, this film is about the dysfunctional Soviet management system in Azerbaijan SSR at the end of 1980s and about the decadence and corruption of the Soviet bureaucracy.
  2. "Anecdote" is a short film, directed by Ahmed Ziari.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Anecdote

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Google previewPresenting to Win (2006)

The Art of Telling Your Story by Jerry Weissman

An anecdote is a very short story, usually one with a human interest angle. Its effectiveness ...

Google previewThe Magazine Writer's Handbook (2006)

by Franklynn Peterson, Judi Kesselman-Turkel

The Article as Marketable Property The anecdote is the second most useful tool of a successful magazine writer. (The first is the lead. Writers are fond of anecdotal leads because they know that the combination is a powerhouse.) Effectively ...

Google previewThe Album (1825)

following anecdote is a member of that family ; in a romance it would be despised as frivolous. So true is it, that while in works of fiction we demand probability, the actual life around us is daily teeming with apparent impossibilities .

Google previewOn Stories (2002)

by Richard Kearney

One such anecdote is that of the narrator's mother who took the.

Google previewCollins Primary Illustrated Dictionary (Collins Primary Dictionaries) (2015)

by Collins Dictionaries

anecdote. anecdotes NOUN a short, sometimes entertaining story about a person or an event angel angels NOUNa beingwho, somepeople believe, lives in heaven and.

Google previewSinhalese English Dictionary (1982)

by B. Clough

anecdote. <- o«2ogs5», Upakunchikd, s. black cummin seed, nigella indica, [Colloq. a>6gc3i kaluduru]. £,0 «8C», Upakulyd, «. long pepper, piper lonyum, [Colloq.

Google previewA General Dictionary of Provincialisms (1840)

by William Holloway

The labouring class have a very broad pronunciation, as may be shewn by the following anecdote :- One gentleman laid a wager with another, that the first countryman, they met (so well did they understand the scripture) could tell them the ...

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Remember that a painting - before it is a battle horse, a nude model, or some anecdote - is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order. (Maurice Denis)
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Scrabble value of A1N1E1C3D2O1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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