from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.
- n. Secret or hitherto undivulged particulars of history or biography.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short account of an incident, often humorous.
- n. An account which supports an argument, but which is not supported by scientific or statistical analysis.
- n. A previously untold secret account of an incident.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Unpublished narratives.
- n. A particular or detached incident or fact of an interesting nature; a biographical incident or fragment; a single passage of private life.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. plural Secret history; facts relating to secret or private affairs, as of governments or of individuals: often used (commonly in the form anecdota) as the title of works treating of such matters.
- n. A short narrative of a particular or detached incident or occurrence of an interesting nature; a biographical incident; a single passage of private life.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
French, from Greek anekdota, unpublished items : an-, not; see a-1 + ekdota, neuter pl. of ekdotos, published (from ekdidonai, ekdo-, to publish : ek-, out; see ecto- + didonai, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 17th century, from French anecdote, from Ancient Greek ἀνέκδοτος (anekdotos, "accounts unpublished"), from ἀν- (an-, "an-", negative prefix) + ἔκδοτος (ekdotos, "published"), from ἐκδίδωμι (ekdidōmi, "I publish"), from ἐκ- (ek, "out") + δίδωμι (didōmi, "I give"). (Wiktionary)