Definition of mélange
: a mixture often of incongruous elements a mélange of architectural styles
mélange was our Word of the Day on 05/19/2014. Hear the podcast!
Examples of mélange in a Sentence
a mélange of colors and shapes
a mélange of architectural styles
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").
MÉLANGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mélange for English Language Learners
: a mixture of different things
Learn More about mélange
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up mélange? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).