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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The new record features a Ritalin-addled melange of vibes that often feel like Rihanna leftovers. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Madonna's Cringe-Worthy 'Madame X'," 14 June 2019 Berg’s life and even the inscrutable circumstances surrounding his death 49 years ago linger as ongoing mysteries, a melange of fact, myth and opaque clues. Washington Post, "The strange life and death of Moe Berg, the baseball catcher who became a spy," 7 June 2019 And then there’s the holiday fever dreams of Bon Voyage, a midcentury melange of Asian, African and Palm Springs design replete with tiny animal statues, plants, vintage Hermes wallpaper and a menu filled with tropical cocktails and Chinese food. Deborah Stoll, SFChronicle.com, "Weekend estate-sale hunting with Trick Dog’s Josh Harris," 5 June 2019 There, the decadent diva in her requires NARS matte lipsticks—in red, bright pink, nude—and a melange of Milk Makeup’s high-pigmented shadows. Akili King, Vogue, "This Rising Disco Queen’s Beauty Motto Is “the Bigger the Hair, the Better”," 10 Nov. 2018 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

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mélange

: a mixture of different things

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