Definition of collectanea in English:


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plural noun

also treated as singular
  • Passages, remarks, and other pieces of text collected from various sources.

    ‘To convey this message, a ‘collectanea’ of observations and corresponding images are used.’
    • ‘Constituting an important portion of the ancient literature of China, classified books and collectanea are the embodiment of the wisdom of the past.’
    collection, selection, anthology, treasury, compendium, album, corpus, miscellany, pot-pourri



/ˌkälekˈtānēə/ /ˌkɑlɛkˈteɪniə/


Mid 17th century Latin, neuter plural of collectaneus ‘gathered together’.