melting pot


plural melting pots
: a place where a variety of peoples, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole
: the population of such a place
: a process of blending that often results in invigoration or novelty
melting-pot adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures, Singapore is one of the world’s great food cities—and a real feast for travelers hungry for food and culture. Siobhan Reid, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Dec. 2022 Bagchi, with his band of brothers at Central High, a melting pot of cultures, most of whom have faced adversity and naysayers themselves, is proving everybody wrong. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 29 Sep. 2022 Texas has fielded a melting pot of outfielders this season. Dallas News, 29 July 2022 Sicily is the epitome of a melting pot of cultures that create a medley of dishes that today are uniquely Sicilian. Valentina Di Donato, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 His eye-popping display inside the American Cathedral was a typical melting pot of streetwear, tailoring and cross-cultural, country-hopping references. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 18 Jan. 2023 Optional restaurants are as much a melting pot as the staffers themselves. Marc Bona, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2022 The store was, for many years, an energetic melting pot of residents and a locale for poetry readings and other gatherings. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The Dallas music scene has always been hard to pin down, and Deep Ellum is the city’s musical melting pot. Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of melting pot was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Melting pot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

melting pot

: a container in which something is melted : crucible
: a place (as a city or country) in which various nationalities or races live together and gradually blend into one community
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