k) KEY 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.
- 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).
- One that follows an eclectic method.
, from eklektos
, from eklegein
, to select
; see ecto-
, to gather
; see leg-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:e·clecti·cal·ly(Adverb)