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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
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Firing are offerings that are always made in connection with ritual events (see The Encylopaedia of Iban Studies, 2001: 1468).
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Paideia was combined with the "complete system" (enkyklios) of general education offering not just philosophy but also gymnastics, music, rhetoric, geography, natural history and mathematics to give us the notion of encylopaedia.
Derived from the multi-volume International Encylopaedia of Laws, this monograph provides guidance on the general contours of commercial and economic law in Brazil.
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El volumen XI de A First Encylopaedia of Tlon es encontrado casualmente por "Borges" en un hotel de Adrogue.