Definition of mélange
: a mixture often of incongruous elements <a mélange of architectural styles>
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").
Origin and Etymology of mélange
French, from Medieval French, from mesler, meler to mix — more at meddle
First Known Use: 1653
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Definition of mélange for English Language Learners
: a mixture of different things
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