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eclectic

noun

adjective

Etymology summary

originally in reference to a group of ancient philosophers who selected...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

eclectic | eclectically [adverb, derived]

(in art, philosophy, etc) selecting what seems best from various styles, doctrines, ideas, methods, etc | composed of elements drawn from a variety of ... (23 of 502 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

eclectic [entry 1, adjective] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | assorted [synonym, sense-specific] | miscellaneous [synonym, sense-specific] | heterogeneous [synonym, sense-specific] | indiscriminate [synonym, sense-specific] | kitchen-sink [synonym, sense-specific] | magpie [synonym, sense-specific] | mixed [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles | composed of elements drawn from various sources ; also, "heterogeneous" (22 of 263 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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eclectic [entry 2, noun]

one who uses a method or approach that is composed of elements drawn from various sources; one who uses an eclectic method or approach (24 of 39 words, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Eclectic [disambiguation]

may refer to: Eclecticism, a philosophical movement, artistic movement, etc. Eclecticism in art | Eclecticism in music | Eclectic, Alabama, a village of about 1,000 people in central Alabama | Eclectic Discs, a record label renamed to Esoteric... (35 of 205 words, 15 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

eclectic | eclecticist [sense-specific]

selecting or choosing from various sources. | made up of what is selected from different sources. | not following any one system, as of philosophy, ... (23 of 120 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/eclectic

Oxford Dictionary:

eclectic | Eclectic | eclectically [derived] | eclecticism [derived]

deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources | [philosophy] : denoting or belonging to a class of ancient philosophers ... (24 of 116 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

eclectic | eclectically [adverb, related]

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles | Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources ... (24 of 93 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

eclectic | eclectics [plural] | eclectick [obsolete, sense-specific] | heterogeneous [synonym, sense-specific] | exclusive [antonym, sense-specific] | homogeneous [antonym, sense-specific] | orthodox [antonym, sense-specific] | standard [antonym, sense-specific] | uniform [antonym, sense-specific]

Selecting a mixture of what appears to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles. | Unrelated and unspecialized; heterogeneous. | Someone who selects according to the eclectic method. (27 of 91 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

eclectic [formal] | eclectically [adverb, related] | eclecticism [noun, uncountable, related]

an eclectic group of people, things, or ideas is interesting or unusual because it consists of many different types (19 of 59 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/eclectic

New World Dictionary:

eclectic | eclectically [adverb, related]

selecting from various systems, doctrines, or sources | composed of material gathered from various sources, systems, etc. | a person who uses eclectic ... (21 of 48 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

eclectic [formal] | eclectically [adverb, derived] | eclecticism [noun, derived]

Methods, beliefs, ideas, etc. that are eclectic combine whatever seem the best or most useful things from many different areas or systems, rather than ... (24 of 47 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/eclectic

Encarta Dictionary:

eclectic

made up of parts from various sources | choosing what is best or preferred from a variety of sources or styles (20 of 65 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607412​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

eclectic

First use: 1680s

Origin: originally in reference to a group of ancient philosophers who selected doctrines from every system; from French eclectique (1650s), from Greek ... (22 of 57 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=eclectic

Wiktionary:

eclectic | eclectics [plural]

Origin: French éclectique, from Ancient Greek ἐκλεκτικός (eklektikos, "selective"), from ἐκλέγω (eklegō, "I pick, choose"), from ἐκ (ek, "out, from") + λέγω (legō,... (22 of 24 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/eclectic

American Heritage Dictionary:

eclectic

Origin: Greek eklektikos, selective, from eklektos, selected, from eklegein, to select: ek-, out; see ... (13 of 22 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

eclectic | Eclectic

First use: late 17th century

Origin: (as a term in philosophy): from Greek eklektikos, from eklegein "pick out", from ek "out" + legein "choose"

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New World Dictionary:

eclectic

Origin: Greek eklektikos from eklegein, to select from ek-, out + legein, to choose, pick: see "logic"

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Collins Dictionary:

eclectic

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Greek eklektikos, from eklegein to select, from legein to gather

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/eclectic

Merriam-Webster:

eclectic [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 1683

Origin: Greek eklektikos, from eklegein to select, from ex- out + legein to gather

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/eclectic

Encarta Dictionary:

eclectic

First use: Late 17th century

Origin: Greek eklektikos "picking out, selecting" from eklegein "pick out" from legein "choose"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607412​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

eclectic | eclectics [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

eclectic

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

eclectic [formal]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

eclectic [formal]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

eclectic [formal]

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the Free Dictionary:

eclectic

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Google Dictionary:

eclectic | eclectics [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

eclectic

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YourDictionary Audio:

eclectic

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