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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- in Indo-European roots).]


(ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪə) or


(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]


or en•cy•clo•pae•di•a

(ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi di ə)

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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
مَوْسُوعَةمَوْسوعَه، دائِرَة مَعارِف
백과 사전
bách khoa toàn thư


[ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdiə] encyclopaedia (British) nencyclopédie f
an encyclopedia of science → une encyclopédie scientifique


nLexikon nt, → Enzyklopädie f


encyclopaedia [ɪnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪə] nenciclopedia


(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


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
References in classic literature ?
Meg liked his quiet manners and considered him a walking encyclopedia of useful knowledge.
He had written a veritable encyclopedia upon the subject, a book that was nearly as big as himself--And then there was a young author, who came from California, and had been a salmon fisher, an oyster-pirate, a longshoreman, a sailor; who had tramped the country and been sent to jail, had lived in the Whitechapel slums, and been to the Klondike in search of gold.
Storrow, on the contrary, was a small man, quiet in manner, conversational in argument, and an encyclopedia of definite information.
Touched on the history of soap, which he happened to have been reading up in the encyclopedia at the free library.
I am gratified,' said Arthur, ponderously--in happier moments Maud had admired his gift of language; he read a great deal: encyclopedias and papers and things--'I am gratified to find that you had time to bestow a glance on me.
Butteridge could be deflected for a moment from the cause of the lady he championed, then he talked chiefly, and usually with tears of tenderness in his voice, about his mother and his childhood--his mother who crowned a complete encyclopedia of maternal virtue by being "largely Scotch.
If you will look in the Encyclopedia Donkaniara you will find I'm correct.
She was sitting on the floor in the library, poring over a big book laid open in her lap, and knew nothing of the long-desired arrival till two large, warm hands met under her chin and gently turned her head back, so that someone could kiss her heartily on either cheek, while a fatherly voice said, half reproachfully, "Why is my girl brooding over a dusty Encyclopedia when she ought to be running to meet the old gentleman who couldn't get on another minute without her?
and now I'm so happy to have you back I could hug your dear old curly head off," cried Rose, as the Encyclopedia went down with a bang, and she up with a spring that carried her into Dr.
In an effort to compete in the digital age, the company stopped printing its trademark encyclopedia in 2012 and has evolved to become a leader in the online education market.
Muscat, Nov 18 (ONA) The scientific seminar on Studies in the Omani Encyclopedia, which was concluded at the Cultural Club today, recommended the administrative and financial independence of the encyclopedia project and preparing to issue a digital copy for various applications, so as to be available for everybody.
Such is true with another old and venerable institution, Encyclopedia Britannica.