noun, plural an·thol·o·gies.
- a book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject: an anthology of Elizabethan drama; an anthology of modern philosophy.
- a collection of selected writings by one author.
noun plural -gies
- a collection of literary passages or works, esp poems, by various authors
- any printed collection of literary pieces, songs, works of art, etc
1630s, “collection of poetry,” from Latin anthologia, from Greek anthologia “collection of small poems and epigrams by several authors,” literally “flower-gathering,” from anthos “a flower” (see anther) + logia “collection, collecting,” from legein “gather” (see lecture (n.)). Modern sense (which emerged in Late Greek) is metaphoric, “flowers” of verse, small poems by various writers gathered together.