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Topic: NEWSPAPERS, PUBLISHING

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: encyclopaedia 'course of general education', from Greek enkyklios paideia 'general education'

encyclopedia

noun
     
en‧cy‧clo‧pe‧di‧a also encyclopaedia British English [countable]
TCN a book or CD, or a set of these, containing facts about many different subjects, or containing detailed facts about one subject:
the Encyclopedia of Music
WORD FOCUS: book WORD FOCUS: book
a book about imaginary events: novel, thriller, mystery, horror story, love story, detective story, whodunit

books about imaginary events in general: fiction, science fiction, romantic fiction, crime fiction, chick lit informal

famous or important novels, poems etc : literature

books about real events: non-fiction

a book that gives information: reference book, encyclopedia, textbook

a book about someone's life: biography, autobiography, journal, diary

someone who writes books: writer, author, novelist

a book with a hard cover: hardback /hardcover American English

a book with a cover made of paper or card: paperback


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