mé·​lange | \ mā-ˈlänj How to pronounce mélange (audio) , mā-ˈläⁿzh How to pronounce mélange (audio) \

Definition of mélange

: a mixture often of incongruous elements a mélange of architectural styles

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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").

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a mélange of colors and shapes a mélange of architectural styles
Recent Examples on the Web Entering the Hayden’s like walking into a diner that doubles as a museum of diner style, a melange of muted greens and blues with pops of football orange, superimposed onto a space on Broadway that once housed a boot store. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "3 new San Antonio restaurants include vegan cafe Hash, Jewish deli The Hayden and soul food drive-thru Mamma Lou’s," 10 Dec. 2020 When garnished with lime juice and crunchy tortilla chip crumbles, this silky bowl of chili becomes an addictive melange of textures and flavors. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Slow Cooker White Chicken Hatch Chili," 26 Aug. 2020 Odenkirk trained for two years with standout stuntman Daniel Bernhardt, learning a melange of boxing, jujitsu, karate, and judo moves, and delighting in the camera-ready beatdowns. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "First look at Bob Odenkirk's action thriller Nobody: 'I get the s--- kicked out of me'," 12 Nov. 2020 You are allowed the melange of emotions cropping up. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "15 Totally Normal Feelings You Might Experience Now That the Election Is Over," 10 Nov. 2020 In south Brooklyn, Dead Horse Bay has been a destination for those seeking antique treasures amid a melange of seaside refuse. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "New York’s ‘Glass Bottle Beach’ Closed After Survey Finds Radioactive Waste," 24 Aug. 2020 Despite the name, the dish is a mildly salty melange perfumed with sweet onion. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Travel to New England from your kitchen with salt cod stew, Boston baked beans, white clam pizza, seafood chowder and more," 5 Aug. 2020 The notes of this perfume—saffron, cassis, tangerine, Damascena rose, leather, blonde woods, and amber—swirl into a melange that is sweet but spicy, delicate but masculine, and infinitely cool. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Why Byredo's Lil Fleur Fragrance Is Worth It," 10 June 2020 Historians say that gym-going was a response to a complex melange of cultural pressures. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of the StairMaster," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mélange

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mélange

borrowed from French, "act of mixing, mixture," going back to Middle French meslinges, meslanges (plural), from mesler, meler "to mix" + -ange, deverbal action noun suffix (as in Old French loange "praise," vuidange "emptying, outlet"), borrowed from Old Low Franconian *-inga-, *-unga-, going back to Germanic *-ingō, *-ungō — more at meddle, -ing entry 1

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“Mélange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/m%C3%A9lange. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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: a mixture of different things

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