melting pot

plural melting pots

Definition of melting pot

1a : a place where a variety of peoples, 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

Examples of melting pot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Portugal is a melting pot of so many African immigrants from Angola and Guinea-Bissau. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2021 Like the city in which the style was created, salsa is a melting pot of genres such as mambo, son montuno, Latin jazz and other elements. Julian Voloj,, 1 Sep. 2021 After her arrival in America, Lakshmi found joy and wonder in the melting pot of New York City. CBS News, 29 Aug. 2021 The Lutetia quickly became a staple of the 6th arrondissement and a melting pot for artists, businessmen, socialites, and writers. Sarah Adams, Town & Country, 5 Aug. 2021 The menu is a melting pot reflecting Oakland’s multi-cultural community. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Once again our national ethnic melting pot threatens to boil over. Clarence Page,, 13 Aug. 2021 Is America a melting pot or a collection of individuals from around the globe living at cross purposes? Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 The melting pot of culture, art, local businesses and community drew her to the downtown Phoenix district. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 16 Aug. 2021

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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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melting pot

melt in one's mouth

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16 Oct 2021

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“Melting pot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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