hotch·​potch | \ ˈhäch-ˌpäch How to pronounce hotchpotch (audio) \

Definition of hotchpotch

1a : a thick soup or stew of vegetables, potatoes, and usually meat
2 : hotchpot

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Examples of hotchpotch in a Sentence

Sunday supper was a hotchpotch of leftovers.
Recent Examples on the Web Rather, members of the country’s single biggest religious group vote along a hotchpotch of social and demographic lines. The Economist, "Cathechismic The Trump campaign makes its pitch to Catholic voters," 25 Apr. 2020 In any case, an all-populist coalition could give itself a limited mandate to alter Italy’s hotchpotch of an electoral law, enact a few popular reforms and then go back to the country. The Economist, "Italy’s populists edge closer to forming a government," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hotchpotch

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hotchpotch

Middle English hochepot, from Anglo-French, from hocher to shake + pot pot

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“Hotchpotch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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