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mélange

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noun mé·lange \mā-ˈläⁿzh, -ˈlänj\

Simple Definition of mélange

  • : a mixture of different things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mélange

  1. :  a mixture often of incongruous elements

Examples of mélange in a sentence

  1. a mélange of colors and shapes

  2. a mélange of architectural styles



Did You Know?

Mélange got mixed into the melting pot of English back in the 1600s. It derives from the Middle French verb mesler, which means "to mix." "Mélange" is actually one of several French contributions to the English body of words for miscellaneous mixtures. "Pastiche" (meaning "a composition made up of selections of different works," or broadly, "a disorderly mixture, hodgepodge") is borrowed from French, and "medley" and "potpourri" have roots in French, too. There's also the lesser known "gallimaufry" (meaning "hodgepodge"), which comes from the Middle French galimafree (meaning "stew").

Origin of mélange

French, from Middle French, from mesler, meler to mix — more at meddle


First Known Use: 1653

Rhymes with mélange


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