macédoine

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noun ma·cé·doine \ˌma-sə-ˈdwän\

Definition of macédoine

  1. 1 :  a confused mixture :  medley

  2. 2 :  a mixture of fruits or vegetables served as a salad or cocktail or in a jellied dessert or used in a sauce or as a garnish

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Examples of macédoine in a Sentence

  1. a quirky secondhand bookstore with a macédoine of out-of-print titles

Did You Know?

Macédoine is the French name for Macedonia, a region on the Balkan Peninsula that is now part of Greece, the Republic of Macedonia, and Bulgaria. Historically, this area has been home to a richly varied population encompassing many ethnic groups. Etymologists believe that the cultural heterogeneity of the region may have inspired people to use its name as a generic term for any kind of wildly jumbled mixture. English speakers borrowed "macédoine" early in the 19th century. The word took on its more specific "salad" sense later in the century.

Origin and Etymology of macédoine

French, from Macédoine Macedonia; perhaps from the mixture of ethnic groups in Macedonia


First Known Use: 1820

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