Definition of encyclopedia in English:

encyclopedia

Syllabification: en·cy·clo·pe·di·a
Pronunciation: /enˌsīkləˈpēdēə
 
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(also chiefly British encyclopaedia)

noun

  • A book or set of books giving information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject and typically arranged alphabetically.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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