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Anthology

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Antho'logy. n.s. [ἀνθολογἰα, from ανθος, a flower, and λέγα, to gather.]

  1. A collection of flowers.

  2. A collection of devotions in the Greek church.

  3. A collection of poems.

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Attributes: Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Anthology." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 9, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=18802.


  1. Dr. Sharon Harrow, one of my Lit. professors in college, mentioned in a lecture to us years ago that the earliest definition of “Anthology” was “a collection of flowers.” I loved that piece of trivia, and although the meaning has changed with the passage of time I think that that first definition is just beautiful. Thank you for making Sam Johnson’s dictionary available to everyone!

  2. E. C. Koch on February 9th, 2014 at 10:32 am

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