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an·ec·dote

anecdote

 
pronunciation:
ae nk dot
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part of speech: noun
definition: a short tale about a funny or interesting event.
He kept us laughing with anecdotes about his youth.
synonyms:
narrative, story, tale
similar words:
joke, legend, sketch, yarn
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The word anecdote contains the following part:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous, atrophy). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial, amoral) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.