Adjective "eclectic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
  1. 'However, Sparks illustrate the limited options for bands of a certain age and eclectic style.'
  2. 'To make up for this seeming gap, he became a voracious reader, very eclectic in his taste.'
  3. 'Norwegians endeared themselves to me early with their amazingly eclectic taste in popular culture.'
  4. 'The atmosphere is cosy, the decor eclectic, but the overall ambience revolves around the staff.'
  5. 'By contrast, Olivia seems to have eclectic taste and her opinions about music neatly worked out.'
  6. 'Indeed there are eclectic styles and influences very much in evidence here.'
  7. 'As you can see, I have very eclectic taste.'
  8. 'Some music fans with extremely eclectic tastes may find this band's music appealing.'
  9. 'I will miss his eclectic, enthusiastic, unassuming, rugged individualism.'
  10. 'Indeed, the very broad, eclectic nature of this work is one of its major strengths.'
Denoting or belonging to a class of ancient philosophers who did not belong to or found any recognized school of thought but selected doctrines from various schools of thought.


    A person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
    1. 'But they are not just reactionary eclectics; they think they can twist and recombine architectural history in fresh and original ways that would have been unthinkable before modernism wiped the slate clean.'


    1. selecting or choosing from various sources.

    2. made up of what is selected from different sources.

    3. not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.

    4. noting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles, the style in each instance often being chosen for i

    More examples(as adjective)

    "works can be eclectic to categorises."

    "tastes can be eclectic in/at/on ams."

    "tastes can be eclectic in traditions."

    "people can be eclectic in uses."

    "people can be eclectic in datas."

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    Late 17th century (as a term in philosophy): from Greek eklektikos, from eklegein ‘pick out’, from ek ‘out’ + legein ‘choose’.