I. noun 1. a short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person • he told anecdotes about his job.
2. an account regarded as unreliable or hearsay[ mass noun] • his wife’s death has long been the subject of rumour and anecdote.
3. [ mass noun] — the depiction of a minor narrative incident in a painting. • the use of inversions of hierarchy, anecdote, and paradox by Magritte, Dali, and others.
– origin late 17th cent.: from French, or via modern Latin from Greek anekdota ‘things unpublished’, from an- ‘not’ + ekdotos, from ekdidōnai ‘publish’.