Meaning of encyclopedia

en•cy•clo•pe•di•a

Pronunciation: (en-sī"klu-pē'dē-u), [key]
— n.
  1. a book or set of books containing articles on various topics, usually in alphabetical arrangement, covering all branches of knowledge or, less commonly, all aspects of one subject.
  2. (cap.) the French work edited by Diderot and D'Alembert, published in the 18th century, distinguished by its representation of the views of the Enlightenment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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