ka·​lei·​do·​scope | \ kə-ˈlī-də-ˌskōp How to pronounce kaleidoscope (audio) \

Definition of kaleidoscope

1 : an instrument containing loose bits of colored material (such as glass or plastic) between two flat plates and two plane mirrors so placed that changes of position of the bits of material are reflected in an endless variety of patterns
2 : something resembling a kaleidoscope: such as
a : a variegated changing pattern or scene a kaleidoscope of colors
b : a succession of changing phases or actions a kaleidoscope of changing fashions
c : a diverse collection

Other Words from kaleidoscope

kaleidoscopic \ kə-​ˌlī-​də-​ˈskä-​pik How to pronounce kaleidoscope (audio) \ adjective
kaleidoscopically \ kə-​ˌlī-​də-​ˈskä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce kaleidoscope (audio) \ adverb

Examples of kaleidoscope in a Sentence

The landscape was a kaleidoscope of changing colors.
Recent Examples on the Web In music, this means rocketing string crescendos, sudden key shifts and a kaleidoscope of affects. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 The editing is like a kaleidoscope fed through a food processor, the camera has less ability to sit still than a 4-year-old stuffed with birthday cake, and both lead actors veer into camp. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 23 June 2022 The Jet Pilot is essentially a Daiquiri—rum, lime and simple syrup, one of the world’s great three ingredient drinks—put through a kaleidoscope. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 11 June 2022 It’s like a real kaleidoscope with Andrew who brought new ideas. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 May 2022 The cast, which includes Darren Goldstein and Caissie Levy as the Silvermans and Bebe Neuwirth as Nana, cycled through a kaleidoscope of anger, anxiety and silliness. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Jeff Leatham, floral designer to the stars, will showcase his bold, visually sensational kaleidoscope of colors this year at The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2022 Further expanding on the kaleidoscope of colors held within Porter's creative soul is also a bit of a feisty side. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, 28 June 2022 Per the label’s creative director, Gherardo Felloni, the new collection—a range of handbags and clutches—is festooned with so many handicrafts (beadwork, embroidery) that the elements evoke the mesmerizing effects of a kaleidoscope. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 16 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kaleidoscope

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kaleidoscope

Greek kalos beautiful + eidos form + English -scope — more at idyll

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“Kaleidoscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaleidoscope. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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ka·​lei·​do·​scope | \ kə-ˈlī-də-skōp How to pronounce kaleidoscope (audio) \

Kids Definition of kaleidoscope

1 : a tube that contains bits of colored glass or plastic and two mirrors at one end and that shows many different patterns as it is turned
2 : a changing pattern or scene


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