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 wide receiver picture remains a kaleidoscope of sorts, with the senior trio of Joe Wilkins Jr., Braden Lenzy and Lawrence Keys III being asked establish themselves as clear difference-makers. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notebook: Brian Kelly narrows focus on Notre Dame's spring to-do list," 18 Apr. 2021 There are an antique fan, a kaleidoscope and a 1940s-era radio. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Meet the whimsical shop on Ellicott City’s Main Street: Gott Efni, a spot for flowers and gifts," 13 Apr. 2021 In a third, Campbell is preparing to fling a pass with a kaleidoscope of Southern California images behind him, including Kobe Bryant Avenue, palm trees and the iconic Hollywood sign. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "A USC fan created colorful UCLA trading cards to commemorate Bruins’ run to Final Four," 6 Apr. 2021 Caivano and De Ronde gave Lalonde’s mystical creations a digital-minded take, resulting in a kaleidoscope of trippy visuals. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Beepy Bella’s Latest T-Shirt Collaboration Is a Fantastical Treat to the Senses," 22 Mar. 2021 Israel’s politics have long been a kaleidoscope of parties split along ideological, ethnic and religious lines. The Economist, "The Economist explains The evolution of Israeli politics," 27 Mar. 2021 But for a more whimsical twist on the tried-and-true, buzz on over to Healdsburg, where the Jordan Winery is pairing its vintages with a kaleidoscope of butterflies. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, "This California Winery Doubles as a Butterfly Sanctuary," 25 Mar. 2021 Others are adorned with wildly different gemstones and minerals that create a kaleidoscope of colors. Kristen Shirley, Robb Report, "Dior’s Next New Look? An Asymmetrical Jewelry Collection Inspired by Nature," 2 Mar. 2021 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, baltimoresun.com, "Movie review: Andra Day excels in overstuffed ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Kaleidoscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaleidoscope. Accessed 8 May. 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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