encyclopedia

encyclopedia 1530s, "course of instruction," from Mod.L. encyclopaedia (c.1500), thought to be a false reading by Latin authors of Gk. enkyklios paideia taken as "general education," but lit. "training in a circle," i.e. the "circle" of arts and sciences, 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- (Cf. 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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  • encyclopedia — or encyclopaedia [en sī΄klə pē′dē ə, insī΄klə pē′dē ə] n. [ModL (1508) encyclopaedia < Gr enkyklopaideia, false reading for enkyklios paideia, instruction in the circle of the arts and sciences < enkyklios ( en , in + kyklos, a circle: see… …   English World dictionary

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  • encyclopedia */ — UK [ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdɪə] / US [ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpɪdɪə] noun [countable] Word forms encyclopedia : singular encyclopedia plural encyclopedias a book or set of books giving information about a lot of different subjects or about one particular subject an… …   English dictionary

  • encyclopedia — [16] Etymologically, encyclopedia means ‘general education’. It is a medieval formation, based on the Greek phrase egkúklios paideíā (egkúklios, a compound adjective formed from the prefix en ‘in’ and kúklos ‘circle’ – source of English cycle –… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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