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 The goal is to cultivate some ineffable melange of impact and happiness over time—a theoretically uplifting answer to the question of what gives a society, and the people in it, a sense of value and purpose. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 To tell the family’s long, tumultuous tale, the film skips through time and hops across worlds, offering a delightful melange of genres and influences. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 23 Aug. 2021 The restaurant offers bowls with four customizable grains or greens including red quinoa and brown or cauliflower rice, plus a melange of vegetables cooked, pickled or raw and a house sauce. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 20 Aug. 2021 Over the next several months, the two women occasionally spotted one another’s updates in amongst Twitter’s melange of photos, news headlines, life updates and gifs. Francesca Street, CNN, 8 July 2021 In the heart of it all, tucked away on a tiny road, is Hôtel Villa d'Estrées, a distinct property with a melange of rooms, suites, and apartments. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2021 Mack Truck of noise that unwinds into in a melange of experimental beats before once again going full stank. Katie Bain, Billboard, 10 June 2021 The collection, which Berry designed with her stylist Lindsay Flores, is a stretchy melange of elevated bike shorts, sports bras, and hoodies. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 17 May 2021 Its most famous dish is the Bouillabaisse, a savory melange of fresh fish, clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops in a saffron tomato broth. cleveland, 23 Mar. 2021

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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 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mélange

: a mixture of different things


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