mé·​lange | \mā-ˈläⁿzh, -ˈlänj \

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

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This super-tender melange of ground beef and wild mushroom burst with deep, rich flavor, enhanced by a portobello Madeira wine sauce. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 The music on the group’s exciting debut release is a stylistic melange, full of gritty energy and wonderful stylistic feints. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "CD review: NakedEye Ensemble, ‘Storylines Crossing’," 6 June 2018 The Tejano Conjunto Festival, May 16-20, celebrates a unique cultural melange of Mexican, Spanish, Czech and German music and dance. Beth J. Harpaz, chicagotribune.com, "San Antonio tricentennial remembers the Alamo and much more," 4 Apr. 2018 The mushrooms, meanwhile, soaked up the juices of this melange. Andy Staples, SI.com, "After Its NFL Draft Bounceback, the Big 12 Sees an Encouraging Path Forward," 30 Apr. 2018 The country remains a melange of foreign forces, militias and terrorist groups. chicagotribune.com, "Warship ruse and new stealth missiles: How the Syria attack unfolded," 14 Apr. 2018 Jolie was spotted shopping for her family at the supermarket while channeling a film noir femme fatale in a slick melange of head-to-toe black. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Might Be the Chicest Supermarket Shopper Ever," 21 Mar. 2018 For the occasion, Lopez chose a diva-level look to sit in the stands: a muted melange of neutral tones. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Does Diva-Glam at the Dodgers Game," 2 Apr. 2018 At first glance, the highly diverse display might seem like a confusing melange. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Museum of Art spotlights recent additions to ever-growing permanent collection (photos)," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mélange

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mélange

French, from Middle French, from mesler, meler to mix — more at meddle

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English Language Learners Definition of mélange

: a mixture of different things

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