melting pot


Definition of melting pot

1a : a place where a variety of races, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole
b : the population of such a place
2 : a process of blending that often results in invigoration or novelty

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Other Words from melting pot

melting-pot \ ˈmel-​tiŋ-​ˌpät How to pronounce melting-pot (audio) \ adjective

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Abergel is one of a number of Western chefs who have gravitated toward Hong Kong in recent years, adding a dash of culinary boom-town to the already burbling melting pot of Chinese, British, and Portuguese influences. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 And this would be the place to do it — the United States, the world’s melting pot. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Our newest fear at the border: A children’s choir," 21 June 2018 For decades, the band led by David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas have been writing songs that chronicle the lives of immigrant communities in America with their own blend of melting pot roots music. Dan Deluca,, "What you should listen to this week: Bob Dylan and St. Vincent's same-sex wedding songs, Los Lobos immigrant songs and Chris Stamey's New York songs," 19 Apr. 2018 Despite not being at a venue that is hosting a game in Week 4, fans of many teams showed up in full force to represent their schools in one of the nation’s biggest melting pots. Rolando Rosa, ajc, "The best College GameDay signs from Week 4 in New York City," 23 Sep. 2017 Dancing to the Instigation Orchestra’s melting pot of Chicago and New Orleans jazz sounds, the dancers explore the influence of Afro-diasporic dance forms on an array of other styles like modern, hip hop, or Butoh. Lauren Warnecke,, "Instigation Festival a music-dance improv that stretches from New Orleans to Chicago," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of melting pot

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of melting pot was in 1887

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English Language Learners Definition of melting pot

: a place (such as a city or country) where different types of people live together and gradually create one community

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