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").

Examples of mélange in a Sentence

a mélange of colors and shapes a mélange of architectural styles
Recent Examples on the Web Its most famous dish is the Bouillabaisse, a savory melange of fresh fish, clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops in a saffron tomato broth. cleveland, "10 restaurants to go for meatless Friday if you’re all fish fry-ed out," 23 Mar. 2021 The metallic sheen and sheer size might put some people off, but these elements help to make the Logan a genuinely inviting addition to Telegraph’s melange of shops and restaurants. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stocky modular buildings are popping up in East Bay. They look surprisingly good," 10 Apr. 2021 The Diesel x Diesel capsule carries all the trappings of its 40-year heritage: a greenish medium wash, an irreverent melange of styles, and an in-your-face attitude. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Can You Collaborate With Yourself? Diesel x Diesel Makes the Case," 24 Mar. 2021 Though recording for We Are began in 2019, the Late Show bandleader's Jon Batiste's new album was shaped by the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, giving extra weight to its swirling melange of funk, jazz, hip-hop, and New Orleans-style brass. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "Friday Five: Loretta Lynn pays tribute, Steve Aoki's adult contemporary phase, and more," 20 Mar. 2021 Nick Williams of Small Talk Studio illustrates his T-shirts, button-ups, and jeans with a melange of random images, such as a box of Nag Champa incense, a Popeye spinach can, and a serene-looking cow. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Embraces the Growing Trend of Hand-Painted Clothes," 24 Feb. 2021 Their classic, gray melange sweater is made from the wool of Norwegian sheep and will keep you warm even in the harshest weather. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "7 ways to take on a Chicago winter: From a wearable sleeping bag to shearling seat warmers," 19 Feb. 2021 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

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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 18 May. 2021.

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: a mixture of different things

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