Definition of encyclopedia in English:


Line breaks: en|cyclo|pe¦dia
Pronunciation: /ɛnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪə
, ɪn-/
(also encyclopaedia)


A book or set of books giving information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject and typically arranged alphabetically.
More example sentences
  • If you are unable to find a biography, check an encyclopedia or reference book at your library.
  • Some of my favorite books are old, gorgeously illustrated encyclopedias and atlases.
  • The wooden headboard held many books including, the Bible, a dictionary, encyclopedias, books, songs, and poems she had written.


mid 16th century: modern Latin, from pseudo-Greek enkuklopaideia for enkuklios paideia 'all-round education'.

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