noun Etymology: Medieval Latin encyclopaedia course of general education, from Greek enkyklios + paideia education, child rearing, from paid-, pais child — more at few Date: 1644 a work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge usually in articles arranged alphabetically often by subject

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  • Encyclopedia — Encyclopédia Création 2 avril 1996 Slogan «  La chaîne de la connaissance  » Langue Français Pays d origine …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • encyclopedia — or encyclopaedia [en sī΄klə pē′dē ə, insī΄klə pē′dē ə] n. [ModL (1508) encyclopaedia < Gr enkyklopaideia, false reading for enkyklios paideia, instruction in the circle of the arts and sciences < enkyklios ( en , in + kyklos, a circle: see… …   English World dictionary

  • Encyclopedia — En*cy clo*pe di*a, Encyclopaedia En*cy clo*p[ae] di*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, for ? ?, instruction in the circle of arts and sciences: cf. F. encyclop[ e]die. See {Cyclopedia}, and {Encyclical}.] [Formerly written {encyclop[ae]dy} and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encyclopedia — 1530s, course of instruction, from Mod.L. encyclopaedia (c.1500), thought to be a false reading by Latin authors of Gk. enkyklios paideia taken as general education, but lit. training in a circle, i.e. the circle of arts and sciences, the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • encyclopedia — (also encyclopaedia) ► NOUN ▪ a book or set of books giving information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject, typically arranged alphabetically. ORIGIN pseudo Greek enkuklopaideia, for enkuklios paideia all round education …   English terms dictionary

  • Encyclopedia — This article is about the type of reference work. For other uses, see Encyclopedia (disambiguation). Brockhaus Enzyklopädie in 1902 An encyclopedia (also spelled encyclopaedia or encyclopædia) is a type of reference work, a compendium holding a… …   Wikipedia

  • encyclopedia — (BrE also paedia) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ online ▪ illustrated ▪ medical ▪ baseball, football, etc. (esp. AmE) …   Collocations dictionary

  • encyclopedia */ — UK [ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdɪə] / US [ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpɪdɪə] noun [countable] Word forms encyclopedia : singular encyclopedia plural encyclopedias a book or set of books giving information about a lot of different subjects or about one particular subject an… …   English dictionary

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