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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Sunday, June 30 Assistance needed with a miscellaneous fire investigation, 24500 block Del Amo Road. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: June 27 to July 7," 10 July 2019 Two wallets containing cash, miscellaneous cards and one check were taken from a residence in the 1200 block of Ash Street, according to a report filed June 25. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: Wallets taken from home in Winnetka," 8 July 2019 According to its data, 35% of asylum applicants fall into a miscellaneous category, with outcomes ranging from complete abandonment of the case to the case simply not being decided. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Fact Check: Sen. Martha McSally says 90% of asylum cases are 'not legitimate'," 6 July 2019 The document had turned up among miscellaneous papers purchased en masse by DeWolfe & Wood Booksellers in Alfred, Me., last year. New York Times, "The Woman Who Sneaked Into George Washington’s Army," 2 July 2019 With books, transportation and miscellaneous expenses, the estimated cost of attendance at the college is now $53,750. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Many Indiana colleges and universities are increasing tuition. Here's how much they cost.," 29 June 2019 This popular one has a nice oval shape to it and comes with a drawer to hide miscellaneous items along with a lower shelf to display your magazine collection. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Drop everything—Wayfair is having a massive 72-hour clearance sale," 15 June 2019 They are organized by type of drug — marijuana, meth, cocaine, heroin, pills, and a miscellaneous category for cases with multiple drugs — as well as by whether the petitions correspond with criminal charges. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "From 2015 to ’18, Contra Costa cops seized $1.1 million from people not charged with a crime," 14 June 2019 That leaves a lot of room for miscellaneous solids and emulsifiers. Lucas Kwan Peterson, latimes.com, "The official candy bar power rankings," 11 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce miscellaneous (audio) , -nyəs\

Kids Definition of miscellaneous

: consisting of many things of different sorts

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