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

Examples of melting pot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because the Sunshine State is a melting pot, the campaigns can test their competitive messaging there. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Trump, Biden shower ad money on Phoenix, Philadelphia, Florida’s I-4 corridor in final stretch," 16 Oct. 2020 In Houston’s melting pot, however, culinary trends are less about virtue and more about a particular brand of vice: bold flavor over bland filler any day, plus spice over price and, at its best, multi-ethnic fusion over safe repetition. Justin Jannise, Houston Chronicle, "Boudin kolaches are the epitome of Houston's culinary fusion," 15 Oct. 2020 Our country prides itself on being a melting pot, but much gets lost in the assimilation to whiteness and white supremacy culture. Abigail Libers, Scientific American, "How to Unlearn Racism," 1 Oct. 2020 The days of priding ourselves as a melting pot were over in 2016. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Presidential race, Tuesday's debate," 1 Oct. 2020 With more than 80 ethnic groups, the country has always been a melting pot. Samuel Gebre,, "From Nobel Peace Prize to Uproar in Less Than One Year," 24 Sep. 2020 Not only are the tamales excellent, Joe also gives my guests a quick history of the cultural melting pot that is the Delta. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | REX NELSON: Tamales by Pasquale," 20 Sep. 2020 Edinburgh's streets in August are usually thronging with visitors to the arts festivals that turn the city into an international melting pot of creativity. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, "Scottish independence: Real possibility or pandemic pipe dream?," 25 Aug. 2020 The Raiders were more of a melting pot than most pro football teams of the era, having several African-American players and also a Mexican-American quarterback in Tom Flores. Creg Stephenson |, al, "‘From the whole morality of the thing’," 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of melting pot

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Oct 2020

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“Melting pot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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