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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
Like the works in the exhibit, partygoers reflected a diversity of looks, creating a colorful and artful melange.
That applies most notably to the Mekons, a band the Welsh native cofounded in Leeds in the late 70s, whose sound has evolved over the decades from rudimentary punk to a dark, strange melange of rock, folk, country, and even reggae.
Flaky strudels welcome many fillings: Roast a melange of your garden’s last vegetables and add some feta cheese for a savory pastry.
There may well be an analogy here to the melange of disparate objects that Albert C. Barnes interspersed with the paintings in his eponymous suburban Philadelphia galleries a century later.
Using a melange Primeknit upper, Kith and Naked have channeled that feeling with two models to choose from—one in sandstone and one in pink.
Grant suggested a section for Oliver and another that would include a pleasing melange of perennials, annuals, and evergreen and deciduous shrubs.
Finavia explained that #LIFEINHEL will be a melange of reality TV, social media, and game shows.
Pumpkin cheesecake Pumpkin cheesecake is a seasonal spin on a beloved dessert and a perfect item to add to the Thanksgiving dessert melange.
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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").
Synonymsagglomerate, agglomeration, alphabet soup, assortment, botch, clutter, collage, crazy quilt, farrago, gallimaufry, grab bag, gumbo, hash, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, jambalaya, jumble, jungle, litter, macédoine, medley, miscellany, menagerie, miscellanea, mishmash, mixed bag, montage, motley, muddle, olio, olla podrida, omnium-gatherum, pastiche, patchwork, patchwork quilt, potpourri, ragbag, ragout, rummage, salad, salmagundi, scramble, shuffle, smorgasbord, stew, tumble, variety, welter
Related Wordsdetritus, notions, oddments, odds and ends, sundries; accumulation, aggregate, aggregation, conglomerate, conglomeration; catchall; admixture, alloy, amalgam, blend, combination, commixture, composite, compound, fusion, intermixture, mix-up; bollix, chaos, confusion, disarrangement, disarray, disorder, dog's breakfast [chiefly British], mess, morass, muddle, shambles; imbroglio, knot, snarl, tangle
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