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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
The music on the group’s exciting debut release is a stylistic melange, full of gritty energy and wonderful stylistic feints.
The Tejano Conjunto Festival, May 16-20, celebrates a unique cultural melange of Mexican, Spanish, Czech and German music and dance.
The mushrooms, meanwhile, soaked up the juices of this melange.
The country remains a melange of foreign forces, militias and terrorist groups.
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.
For the occasion, Lopez chose a diva-level look to sit in the stands: a muted melange of neutral tones.
At first glance, the highly diverse display might seem like a confusing melange.
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.
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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
Definition of mélange for English Language Learners
: a mixture of different things
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