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

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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 The scene is filmed like a kaleidoscope as Holiday goes from outside to inside and then seamlessly onstage to sing her signature song. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Review: Andra Day shines in overstuffed Billie Holiday bio," 23 Feb. 2021 Either way, a sky filled with kaleidoscope of colors makes for a fairytale proposal backdrop (and drool-worthy photos). Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "15 Best Proposal Ideas for a Fairy-Tale Engagement," 22 Jan. 2021 Unfortunately, this kaleidoscope of alien plants brought in from across the planet is being passed off as ecofriendly. Daniel Rubinoff, Scientific American, "How the Suburbs Could Help Save Biodiversity," 17 Jan. 2021 Her mural features a portrait of herself wearing headphones and her signature kaleidoscope glasses, surrounded by Black Power fists, names of Detroit neighborhoods, the Spirit of Detroit statue and classic cars with big rims. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Murals by three Detroit artists unveiled across the city," 8 Dec. 2020 Each color of cloud, each beam of light, refracts into a kaleidoscope of caring. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Thanksgiving reflection on the power of gratitude: Sun Messages," 23 Nov. 2020 The kaleidoscope of details of counties, precincts and even, seemingly, city blocks — along with who voted for what, when and in what numbers — made for an Imax-style ride for political junkies. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Election Night was an edge-of-the-seat show, but viewers are ready for it to be over," 5 Nov. 2020 The flavors — garlic, vinegar, cumin, coriander and what seems like a thousand others all remain, a kaleidoscope for the palate, the colors shifting within each bite. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Flavorful, exceptional culinary rhythm: Find it at Tabla Winter Park," 5 Nov. 2020 The space is a kaleidoscope of native and neighborhood plants; for years birds, water and wind have carried seeds from area residents' yards into the preserve. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Oncor carved out part of White Rock Lake’s heart. How does Dallas stop the next land massacre?," 23 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of kaleidoscope was in 1817

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“Kaleidoscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaleidoscope. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kaleidoscope

: a tube that has mirrors and loose pieces of colored glass or plastic inside at one end so that you see many different patterns when you turn the tube while looking in through the other end
: a changing pattern or scene
: a mixture of many different things


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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