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The Definition of - encyclopedia (noun)

    a book, set of books, optical disc, mobile device, or online informational resource containing articles on various topics, usually in alphabetical arrangement, covering all branches of knowledge or, less commonly, all aspects of one subject.
    (initial capital letter) the French work edited by Diderot and D'Alembert, published in the 18th century, distinguished by its representation of the views of the Enlightenment.

Word Example of - encyclopedia

    Example Sentences for encyclopedia

    That was after we read about the Cyclopes in the Ulysses story in our encyclopedia.

    If you will look in the Encyclopedia Donkaniara you will find I'm correct.

    When it was safely dead, he began to search through his encyclopedia to see what kind of a "beastie" he had caught.

    The books are large, about the size of a volume of an encyclopedia.

    It seems therefore that the Encyclopedia must tell nothing of the island but what is good.

    Any encyclopedia and many books of legends will tell you more about Roland.

    It is true that there was a kind of encyclopedia in verse which gave a great deal of misinformation about things in general.

    He was certain it could be found in one of his father's books, if not in the encyclopedia.

    To him and to no other is due the credit of being the first to show p. 22practically how to use the Encyclopedia.

    Here is an account of the City of Bristol taken from an encyclopedia.

Word Origin & History of - encyclopedia

    Word Origin & History

    encyclopedia 1530s, "course of construction," thought to be a false reading by L. authors of Gk. enkyklios paideia taken as "general education," but lit. "training in a circle," the essentials of a liberal education, from enkyklios "circular," also "general" (from en- "in" + kyklos "circle") + paideia "education, child-rearing," from pais (gen. paidos) "child" (see pedo-). Modern sense of "reference work arranged alphabetically" is from 1640s, often applied specifically to the French "Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des Sciences, des Arts, et des Métiers" (1751-65).

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