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 Accessories and miscellaneous deals Apple Magic Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro for $329.98 at Amazon (normally $349). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Apple’s AirPods Pro are down to a new low price on Amazon today," 16 June 2020 Interior designer Tumpane recommended using an estate sale company to quickly sell items such as furniture, appliances and miscellaneous household items that don’t have great value. oregonlive, "When you have a lifetime of stuff to let go, experts help with hard decisions," 10 June 2020 Over 2,000 items — translating to 35 pages on Amazon — qualify for the promotion, including sets for screwdrivers, drill bits, lock installation and more, along with miscellaneous tools like cutting wheels, hole saws, sockets and much more. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Tackle home projects with $10 off Dewalt tool orders of $50 or more at Amazon," 3 June 2020 Accessories and miscellaneous deals Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad (7th gen), iPad Air (3rd gen), and 10.5-inch iPad Pro for $99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $150). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The Apple Watch Series 5 is down to its lowest price yet today," 2 June 2020 Staff have also asked donors to separate items into six different categories: clothing/linens, shoes/accessories, electronics/appliances, housewares, books/media and miscellaneous. oregonlive, "Goodwill to open more 12 locations, many in Portland area," 28 May 2020 The miscellaneous category included things like head trauma or seizures. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "A New Theory for Unexplained Whitewater Deaths," 11 Apr. 2020 As a substitute, please accept this bag of heavily processed, fifty-per-cent meat, fifty-per-cent miscellaneous chicken-nugget-like product. Stacey Brook, The New Yorker, "We’re Sorry, the America You Ordered Is Currently Unavailable," 5 May 2020 Brews Brothers is heavy on puerile shenanigans, many if not most based on bodily fluids and injecting those fluids and miscellaneous body parts into the brewing process. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Brews Brothers': TV Review," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Miscellaneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscellaneous. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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