1. A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.
2. pl. an·ec·dotes or an·ec·do·ta (-dōtə) Secret or hitherto undivulged particulars of history or biography.
[French, from Greek anekdota, unpublished items : an-, not; see A-1 + ekdota, neuter pl.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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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