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en·cy·clo·pe·di·a  (ĕn-sī′klə-pē′dē-ə)
n.
A comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically.

[Medieval Latin encyclopaedia, general education course, from alteration of Greek enkuklios paideia, general education : enkuklios, circular, general; see encyclical + paideia, education (from pais, paid-, child; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots).]
Word History: The word encyclopedia, which to us usually means a large set of books, descends from a phrase that involved coming to grips with the contents of such books. The Greek phrase is enkuklios paideia, made up of enkuklios, "cyclical, periodic, ordinary," and paideia, "education," and meaning "general education." Copyists of Latin manuscripts took this phrase to be a single Greek word, enkuklopaedia, with the same meaning, and this spurious Greek word became the New Latin word encyclopaedia, coming into English with the sense "general course of instruction," first recorded in 1531. In New Latin the word was chosen as the title of a reference work covering all knowledge. The first such use in English is recorded in 1644.

encyclopedia (ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪə) or encyclopaedia
n
1. (Journalism & Publishing) a book, often in many volumes, containing articles on various topics, often arranged in alphabetical order, dealing either with the whole range of human knowledge or with one particular subject: a medical encyclopedia.
[C16: from New Latin encyclopaedia, erroneously for Greek enkuklios paideia general education, from enkuklios general (see encyclical), + paideia education, from pais child]

en•cy•clo•pe•di•a or en•cy•clo•pae•di•a (ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi di ə)

n.
a book or set of books containing articles on various topics, usu. in alphabetical arrangement, covering all branches of knowledge or all aspects of one subject.
[1525–35; < New Latin < Greek enkyklopaidía, a misreading of enkýklios paideía circular (i.e., well-rounded) education]

encyclopedia, encyclopaedia
a book or set of books containing detailed knowledge and information about a variety of fxelds or subfields; an exhaustive work of learning 01 knowledge. Also called cyclopedia, cyclopaedia. — encyclopedist, encyclopaedist, n.encyclopedie, encyclopaedic, encyclopedical, encyclopaedical, adj.
See also: Books
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.encyclopedia - a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialtyencyclopedia - a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty
book of facts, reference book, reference work, reference - a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
book of knowledge - an elementary encyclopedia dealing with general knowledge
Translations
encyclopedia [ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdiə] encyclopaedia (British) nencyclopédie f
an encyclopedia of science → une encyclopédie scientifique

encyclop(a)edia
nLexikon nt, → Enzyklopädie f

encyclopedia encyclopaedia [ɪnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪə] nenciclopedia

encyclop(a)edia (insaikləˈpiːdiə) noun
a reference work containing information on every branch of knowledge, or on one particular branch. an encyclopaedia of jazz; If you do not know the capital city of Hungary, look it up in an encyclopaedia.
enˌcycloˈp(a)edic adjective

encyclopedia مَوْسُوعَة encyklopedie encyklopædi Enzyklopädie εγκυκλοπαίδεια enciclopedia tietosanakirja encyclopédie enciklopedija enciclopedia 百科事典 백과 사전 encyclopedie leksikon encyklopedia enciclopédia энциклопедия encyklopedi สารานุกรม ansiklopedi bách khoa toàn thư 百科全书


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