Anecdota



a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature.
a short, obscure historical or biographical account.
Historical Examples

A volume of anecdota Brentiana was edited by Pressel in 1868.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4 Various

Bekker’s anecdota include mention, also, 135 of the wooden seats of this temporary theatre.
The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1 Various

At a rather later date I gave a chapter of additional matter of the same description in my anecdota Literaria.
A History of Caricature and Grotesque Thomas Wright

noun
a short usually amusing account of an incident, esp a personal or biographical one
n.

1670s, “secret or private stories,” from French anecdote (17c.) or directly from Greek anekdota “things unpublished,” neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- “not” (see an-) + ekdotos “published,” from ek- “out” + didonai “to give” (see date (n.1)).

Procopius’ 6c. Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of “revelation of secrets,” which decayed in English to “brief, amusing stories” (1761).

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