Encyclopedia - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdiə|  American pronunciation of the word encyclopedia
Brit.  |ɛnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪə|  British pronunciation of the word encyclopedia


- a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty (syn: cyclopaedia, cyclopedia, encyclopaedia)


...obviously a one-volume encyclopedia can offer only a very summary account of the American Civil War...

...you can't just copy the encyclopedia article verbatim for your report—that's plagiarism...

The Encyclopedia of Gardening is a companion volume to the Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers.

This is a fine book; a worthy addition to the Cambridge Encyclopedia series.

reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer

Word forms

singular: encyclopedia
plural: encyclopedias
See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman