mis·cel·la·neous | \ˌmi-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs, -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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Furniture, clothing and miscellaneous decor abound. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "The ultimate guide to vintage and thrift shopping in Chicago," 26 Apr. 2017 There are 189 gas rigs and two miscellaneous rigs, bringing the total rig count of 1,054. Houston Chronicle, "Texas rig counts ticks up amid oil price slide," 13 July 2018 On Tuesday, city staff asked the City Council for an additional $1.15 million to build a food services structure and bathroom facilities on the site, as well as for miscellaneous expenses. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Quarry Park Adventures again delays opening, needs another $1 million," 14 June 2018 Under prior law, the top triggers were deductions for state and local taxes, or SALT; personal exemptions for each household member; and write-offs of certain miscellaneous expenses. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Who Will and Won’t Pay the AMT, America’s Rich-Person Tax?," 18 May 2018 Someone entered a car parked in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard and stole a tool box containing miscellaneous tools and a 9mm handgun valued at $500 between 12:50 a.m. and 12:55 a.m. July 6. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Oak Park resident robbed while walking on Austin Boulevard," 14 July 2018 Of those, 73 were for legalization, 12 were against and the remaining 12 were in a miscellaneous category including jokes about the munchies and statements that a vote doesn’t matter because the commenter already smokes anyway. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Readers show strong support for legalization of recreational marijuana," 28 June 2018 The report details the financial records of 230 public schools for 2016-17 and collects data from ticket sales, contributions, rights and licensing, student fees, school funds and miscellaneous revenues. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Where does ASU, Arizona, Pac-12 stack up in USA TODAY's look at NCAA revenues and expenses?," 28 June 2018 Coins, rock climbing gear, earphones and other miscellaneous items were taken from unlocked vehicles on Apache, Blackhawk Trail and Glenbrook Lane. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: Five cars entered in one night in Western Springs," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of miscellaneous

: including many things of different kinds


mis·cel·la·neous | \ˌmi-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs, -nyəs\

Kids Definition of miscellaneous

: consisting of many things of different sorts

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