mis·​cel·​la·​neous | \ ˌmi-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs How to pronounce miscellaneous (audio) , -nyəs \

Definition of miscellaneous

1 : consisting of diverse things or members : heterogeneous
2a : having various traits
b : dealing with or interested in diverse subjects as a writer I was too miscellaneous— George Santayana

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Other Words from miscellaneous

miscellaneously adverb
miscellaneousness noun

Examples of miscellaneous in a Sentence

The coyotes, in other words, also munched rabbits, woodchucks, meadow mice, deer mice, jumping mice, and freelance miscellaneous booty like frogs and fallen apples and muskrats,  … — Edward Hoagland, Harper's, June 2007 The sandhogs' word for a miscellaneous happening in which a sandhog is injured is mishap. — Alec Wilkinson, Double Take, Summer 2001 … we came upon what must have been his camp, a rather elaborate shelter made of lashed saplings and covered with plastic sheeting; empty Clorox bottles were scattered around, along with rope, canned goods, and what Huck Finn would have called his traps—the miscellaneous pots, clothing, and whatnot that you lug around through life. — Franklin Burroughs, The River Home, 1992 a miscellaneous collection of tools the bottom of the drawer was always a miscellaneous accumulation of odds and ends
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Recent Examples on the Web There will be perennials, shrubs, small trees, herbs, house plants, gardening tools, books, miscellaneous household items, vintage collectibles and more for sale. courant.com, 14 May 2021 There also is some miscellaneous revenue to take into account. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2021 Work will also include doing cement repairs and overlay on Canterbury and Clinton lanes, and Dewitt Drive, and miscellaneous cement repairs on various streets, where needed. cleveland, 16 Apr. 2021 The district’s reliance on miscellaneous workers to fill staffing holes is a problem, said CTU recording secretary Christel Williams-Hayes. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, 7 Apr. 2021 Cloven carcasses—indeed, piles of miscellaneous innards—recur in his paintings. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Numbers were being tracked on the miscellaneous cards, some issued through local casinos. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 15 May 2021 The crude oil is converted into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and miscellaneous other products. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 9 May 2021 Those ducts have the capability to contain miscellaneous security apparatus, from wiring to cameras to lighting and alternate power sources. Kate Bennett And Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of miscellaneous

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miscellaneous

Latin miscellaneus, from miscellus mixed

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The first known use of miscellaneous was in 1637

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17 Jun 2021

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“Miscellaneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscellaneous. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of miscellaneous

: including many things of different kinds


mis·​cel·​la·​neous | \ ˌmi-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs How to pronounce miscellaneous (audio) , -nyəs \

Kids Definition of miscellaneous

: consisting of many things of different sorts


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