mé·​lange | \ mā-ˈlänj How to pronounce mélange (audio) , mā-ˈläⁿzh How to pronounce mélange (audio) \

Definition of mélange

: a mixture often of incongruous elements a mélange of architectural styles

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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").

Examples of mélange in a Sentence

a mélange of colors and shapes a mélange of architectural styles
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the name, the dish is a mildly salty melange perfumed with sweet onion. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Travel to New England from your kitchen with salt cod stew, Boston baked beans, white clam pizza, seafood chowder and more," 5 Aug. 2020 The notes of this perfume—saffron, cassis, tangerine, Damascena rose, leather, blonde woods, and amber—swirl into a melange that is sweet but spicy, delicate but masculine, and infinitely cool. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Why Byredo's Lil Fleur Fragrance Is Worth It," 10 June 2020 Historians say that gym-going was a response to a complex melange of cultural pressures. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of the StairMaster," 31 Jan. 2020 In between is a heavenly melange of Southwestern flavors — ground turkey, of course, plus tomatoes, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, cayenne and more. cleveland, "Ground turkey can be delicious. No, really!," 9 June 2020 Emblems Osiris, Isis and Horus were a mystic melange of gilded wings, majestic robes and heels of the platform and stiletto variety. al, "Order of Osiris offers the Masked Observer a feast of friends," 20 Feb. 2020 The show's sonic landscape is a mix of oldies and contemporary bops, a melange of Minnie Riperton and Outkast and Durand Jones and The Indications. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'High Fidelity': TV Review," 3 Feb. 2020 From then on, technical challenges mostly abandoned the humble coffee cake or fruit tart in favor of a melange of specialties: ma’amoul, pasteis de nata, marjolaine. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Great British Baking Show," 3 Oct. 2019 The climate is perfect for fruit trees, though, and the couple have planted a melange of heirloom apple, pear and quince varieties in the fractured basalt soil of their 50-acre property. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "In Oregon, wine shares the stage with fine cider," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mélange

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mélange

borrowed from French, "act of mixing, mixture," going back to Middle French meslinges, meslanges (plural), from mesler, meler "to mix" + -ange, deverbal action noun suffix (as in Old French loange "praise," vuidange "emptying, outlet"), borrowed from Old Low Franconian *-inga-, *-unga-, going back to Germanic *-ingō, *-ungō — more at meddle, -ing entry 1

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“Mélange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/m%C3%A9lange. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mélange

: a mixture of different things

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