Eclectic is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand eclectic (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use eclectic in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of eclectic, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of eclectic, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
EXAMPLES - Eclectic in a Sentence
- They describe my CV as 'eclectic' and say that ... (source)
- CROW: I think he said "eclectic," which I think is definitely accurate. (source)
- Today, musical performers from Kanye West to Yo Yo Ma are called "eclectic." (source)
- However, we take a rather, shall we say, "eclectic" approach to such matters. (source)
- I think all of your albums could be called eclectic, including the newest one. (source)
- A lot of different kind of eclectic music as you probably hear behind me, Wolf. (source)
- Their system might be termed eclectic, utilizing the effective points of all methods. (source)
- Do not subscribe to the public radio station that helps you develop "eclectic" musical taste. (source)
- Bright Lights Film Journal might be described as eclectic, but this one really is all over the place. (source)
- I agree with you, this kind of eclectic mix between old and new are my favorite style in interior desing (source)
- In short, the present form of the creation epic is 'eclectic' and embodies what the Germans call a _tendenz_. (source)
- Due to the wide scope of the collection, it is also eclectic, which is sometimes good and sometimes not so good. (source)
- The selection of the films for the main competition could be described as eclectic (eccentric?) to say the least. (source)
- And he would do what his fans would later call eclectic things, like the chord, a composition like "Abide With Me." (source)
- But for our quirky, wacky, crazy home here on the water I think the experts call our style "eclectic", I think it is PERFECT! (source)
- "Her car is eclectic, which is just like her personality," said Andy Godinez, who also works with Thomson at the community center. (source)
- He notes that only about 60% of the fund is in stocks currently, and the fund's managers are very "eclectic" in choosing securities. (source)
- I had noticed you describe yourself as "eclectic" and I'd say the same about me---or maybe something like "dabbler in This and That"! (source)
- Third Avenue Value, which Mr. Voicu classifies as an "eclectic" fund because it can own a wide variety of investments around the world. (source)
- Granted, this sounds nothing like anything from In the Aeroplane Over The Sea, but the album as a whole has that kind of eclectic scope. (source)
- _History of Philosophy_, which would have been perfectly 'eclectic' had it not devoted a somewhat unfair proportion of its pages to eclecticism. (source)
- Same here and its not like the good kind of eclectic ness, it looks like oh well hey this is what the leftovers were at the garage sale. have fun! (source)
- The line-up was what you might call eclectic, but there was no denying Richard Branson's musical branding exercise, V Festival, had something for everyone. (source)
- Medici started as a coffee house and art gallery, and now serves what they describe as an "eclectic" menu, including Chicago-style pizza and "the best burger in Chicago." (source)
- Surroundings, taking the greater part of the stage, (or the interior may exist at once within scene one.) an "eclectic" and "charming" garden in the Northern Californian style. (source)
- In the dictionary, "eclectic" has two definitions: "Selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles," and "composed of elements drawn from various sources." (source)
- "He's just so kind of eclectic and interesting," gushed Claire Bernard, the daughter of the museum's board chairman, Lewis Bernard, and one of a small cotillion of Winter Dance co-chairs. (source)
- Architects such as Joseph Greenleaf Thorp, Albro and Lindeberg, and Grosvenor Atterbury specialized in a kind of eclectic cottage style that evoked the spirit of the English country house. (source)
- Online 'eclectic' trading company, Jinco Ltd launches Yoobos.com www.yoobos.com, a global online marketplace that offers net traders who are serious about selling online a real alternative to eBay. (source)
- The hotel, built within a 1950s low-rise, calls itself "eclectic" -- perhaps referring to the mix of British colonial furniture, painted an airy white in some rooms, with modern art and lamp fixtures. (source)
- I rarely match in that official "ladies who lunch" way, but I firmly believe that coloring outside of the lines and being eclectic is the true measure of an interesting person that I want to know better. (source)
- Richard Cahan, co-author with Michael Williams of the 400-page art book "Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home," published in 2009, mentioned the word "eclectic" to describe Miller's style, then took it back. (source)
- "Formal inflation targeting would enhance transparency over monetary policy, and should allay some of the uncertainties created by the present 'eclectic' or informal inflation targeting framework," he said. (source)
- It is difficult to square this aesthetic overload, no matter how brilliantly assimilated, with a reformist sensibility; it would be a long time before the idea of eclectic excess would fuel the spirit of radical change. (source)
- My own pedagogy, while eclectic, is biased toward formalism for several reasons, including, inescapably, my early training in the New Criticism and my reservations concerning the extra-literary direction of literary studies over the last several decades. (source)
- However, his correspondence with Bossuet and Pelisson and his acquaintance with many prominent Catholics produced a real change in his attitude towards the Church, and, although he adopted for his own creed a kind of eclectic rationalistic Christianity, he ceased in 1696 to frequent (source)
- An experiment in futuristic, cross-cultural soundscapes, The Shanghai Restoration Project draws its creative inspiration from the old 1930s Shanghai jazz bands, recalling the eclectic mood of the era by introducing Eastern instruments to the Western sounds of hip-hop and electronica. (source)
- But because it is still small enough to maintain its focus, DOC NYC can imitate, on a manageable scale, the kind of eclectic event programming that has become standard at many festivals (including the Tribeca Film Festival, itself a launching pad for some notable recent documentary work). (source)
- Scott is one of these guys with a video and music collection that is nothing short of baffling; it's a hodgepodge that defies the word "eclectic"--because to say that his tastes are "eclectic" is to imply that he shares them with SOME small group of people, somewhere. this is not to say that his taste is all bad--only that he seems to go out of his way to showcase the bad, lest anyone notice that he's also got The Beatles lurking on his shelves. let me put it this way: last time i watched a video at Scott's place, that video prominently featured a man dressed as a striped mime, doing the robot dance while singing in a register that only DOGS should be able to hear an endlessly-repeated refrain about "a total eclipse of the sun." (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 53.0, which suggests that "eclectic" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 19 synonyms for eclectic.
all-embracing, assorted, broad, catholic, dilettantish, diverse, diversified, heterogeneous, inclusive, liberal, many-sided, mingled, mixed, multifarious, multiform, selective, universal, varied, wide-ranging
We have 8 antonyms for eclectic.
incomprehensive, like, narrow, narrow-minded, particular, similar, specific, unvaried
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of eclectic from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles: an eclectic taste in music; an eclectic approach to managing the economy.
- (adjective) Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources: "a popular bar patronized by an eclectic collection of artists, writers, secretaries and aging soldiers on reserve duty” ( Curtis Wilkie).
- (noun) One that follows an eclectic method.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Selecting a mixture of what appears to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles.
- (adjective) Unrelated and unspecialized; heterogeneous.
- (noun) Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Selecting; choosing (what is true or excellent in doctrines, opinions, etc.) from various sources or systems.
- (adjective) Consisting, or made up, of what is chosen or selected
- (noun) One who follows an eclectic method.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Selecting; choosing; not confined to or following any one model or system, but selecting and appropriating whatever is considered best in all.
- (None) A practitioner of the American school of eclectic medicine.
- (noun) One who, in whatever department of knowledge, not being convinced of the fundamental principles of any existing system, culls from the teachings of different schools such doctrines as seem to him probably true, conformable to good sense, wholesome in practice, or recommended by other secondary considerations; one who holds that opposing schools are right in their distinctive doctrines, wrong only in their opposition to one another.
- (noun) Specifically— A follower of the ancient eclectic philosophy.
- (noun) In the early church, a Christian who believed the doctrine of Plato to be conformable to the spirit of the gospel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
- (noun) someone who selects according to the eclectic method