mélange

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

Examples of mélange in a Sentence

a mélange of colors and shapes a mélange of architectural styles

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Across the book's 412 pages, Paul Atreides struggles against the villainous Baron Harkonnen for control of Arrakis, a desert planet with the galaxy's most valuable export—melange. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'," 14 Jan. 2019 The racks of clothes are a colorful melange of animal prints that are plucked both from secondhand shops and Gvatua’s closet. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 Try Uplift Coffee, the first bottled coffee made with the revolutionary Warm Brewing™ process and infused with a patented melange of brain-enhancing nootropics! Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why You’re Buying Products From Companies You’ve Never Heard Of," 4 Oct. 2018 Cesta Collective’s fun checkerboard piece comes in the silhouette of a cheerful lunch pail, while Boyy’s mixed media bag is a festive melange of raffia, leather, and PVC. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Street Style–Approved Bags for Fall and Beyond," 27 Aug. 2018 This super-tender melange of ground beef and wild mushroom burst with deep, rich flavor, enhanced by a portobello Madeira wine sauce. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 The music on the group’s exciting debut release is a stylistic melange, full of gritty energy and wonderful stylistic feints. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "CD review: NakedEye Ensemble, ‘Storylines Crossing’," 6 June 2018 The Tejano Conjunto Festival, May 16-20, celebrates a unique cultural melange of Mexican, Spanish, Czech and German music and dance. Beth J. Harpaz, chicagotribune.com, "San Antonio tricentennial remembers the Alamo and much more," 4 Apr. 2018 The mushrooms, meanwhile, soaked up the juices of this melange. Andy Staples, SI.com, "After Its NFL Draft Bounceback, the Big 12 Sees an Encouraging Path Forward," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mélange

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mélange

French, from Middle French, from mesler, meler to mix — more at meddle

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mélange

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mélange

: a mixture of different things

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