I. noun 1. a published collection of poems or other pieces of writing. • an anthology of European poetry.
2. a collection of songs or musical compositions issued in one album. • a double-CD anthology of Moby Grape, the legendary Sixties San Francisco band.
II. derivatives anthologist /anˈθɒlədʒɪst / noun
– origin mid 17th cent.: via French or medieval Latin from Greek anthologia, from anthos ‘flower’ + -logia ‘collection’ (from legein ‘gather’). In Greek, the word originally denoted a collection of the ‘flowers’ of verse, i.e. small choice poems or epigrams, by various authors.