What does eclectic mean?

Definitions for eclectic
ɪˈklɛk tɪk; ɪˈklɛk tə sɪsteclec·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eclectic, eclecticistadjective

    someone who selects according to the eclectic method

  2. eclecticadjective

    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas


  1. eclecticnoun

    Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.

  2. eclecticadjective

    Selecting a mixture of what appear to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles.

  3. eclecticadjective

    Unrelated and unspecialized; heterogeneous.

  4. Etymology: From éclectique, from ἐκλεκτικός, from ἐκλέγω, from ἐκ + λέγω.


  1. eclectic

    Eclectic refers to selecting or borrowing from various sources, styles, or systems, often with the goal of creating something that is diverse or wide-ranging. It can relate to ideas, taste, or style in various areas such as philosophy, architecture, interior design, music, etc. Essentially, it denotes a mix or combination of various elements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eclecticadjective

    selecting; choosing (what is true or excellent in doctrines, opinions, etc.) from various sources or systems; as, an eclectic philosopher

  2. Eclecticadjective

    consisting, or made up, of what is chosen or selected; as, an eclectic method; an eclectic magazine

  3. Eclecticnoun

    one who follows an eclectic method

  4. Etymology: [Gr. , fr. to pick out, choose out: cf. F. clectique. See Eclogue, and cf. Elect.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eclectic

    ek-lek′tik, adj. selecting or borrowing: choosing the best out of everything: broad, the opposite of exclusive.—n. one who selects opinions from different systems, esp. in philosophy.—adv. Eclec′tically.—n. Eclec′ticism, the practice of an eclectic: the doctrine of the Eclec′tics, a name applied to certain Greek thinkers in the 2d and 1st centuries B.C., later to Leibnitz and Cousin. [Gr. eklektikosek, out, legein, to choose.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eclectic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eclectic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of eclectic in a Sentence

  1. Tommaso Aquilano:

    Now fashion has to be very eclectic, heterogeneous, we now need clothes that can be used in between autumn/winter and spring/summer.

  2. Darren Julien:

    It's really an eclectic auction of a lot of items from Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Madonna, so many items to choose from pop culture history, we anticipate the entire auction could bring in somewhere between 2 and 4 million dollars.

  3. Peter Feigin:

    When’s the last time you were in Milwaukee ? Must be a while, i would love to personally give you a tour. Our eclectic and exciting neighborhoods, one of the best dining scenes in the country and our spectacular Lake Michigan waterfront, you ’ll experience it all. And not only is it easy to get to Milwaukee, it’s easy to get around. There’s a reason why people are moving to this gem of a city in record numbers.

  4. Noel Gallagher:

    The style of this record is different from the style of the previous record because I'm producing it this time and I've got a more eclectic feel, I suppose.

  5. Dave Chappelle:

    As a president of a country that's as eclectic as ours.

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    being essentially equal to something
    A contiguous
    B equivalent
    C ambidextrous
    D arbitrary

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