Meaning of encyclopedia
Pronunciation: (en-sī"klu-pē'dē-u), [key]
- 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.
- (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.
- encyclopedia (Thesaurus)