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Examples of mélange in a Sentence
a mélange of colors and shapes
a mélange of architectural styles
Recent Examples of mélange from the Web
Now even after the jihadis have been driven out of the city, the walls still stand, and Tuz Khurmatu remains a flash point with an unstable melange of sects and ethnicities.
There is a melange of skills needed to run this operation — financial literacy, tree trimming, mill work, snow plowing, repair work, customer acquisition, inventory management.
Hulu’s new show from the creator of Luther is a totally bonkers melange of sci-fi scenarios, global doom, and stabbiness.
An early scene in the family kitchen shows the characters psychically chained to a typical melange of devices: TV on the counter, smartphones clutched by both mother and daughter like wee life rafts.
Beneath the skin is a mechanical melange of muscle-car machinery, including a front subframe originally designed for a Chevrolet Camaro by Detroit Speed, which also provided the rack-and-pinion steering.
Goransson kept the typical cinematic, triumphant sounds heard in most superhero movies but made sure to infuse a melange of African sounds and textures from horns to drums and chants.
Composer Gregory Spears writes in a cheerful but emotionally nuanced stylistic melange of bustling minimalist rhythms, tart tonal harmonies and dexterous melodies that blossom into full-bore arias when the time is right.
The dishes are built from layers upon layers of flavors, combining in an unworldly melange of complex tastes.
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Did You Know?
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").
agglomerate, agglomeration, assortment, clutter, collage, grab bag, hash, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, jumble, litter, medley, miscellany, mishmash, mixed bag, motley, muddle, olio, olla podrida, omnium-gatherum, patchwork, potpourri, ragbag, rummage, salmagundi, scramble, shuffle, smorgasbord, tumble, variety, welter;
MÉLANGE Defined for English Language Learners
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