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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Congress also capped the state and local deduction at $10,000 and ended some miscellaneous breaks. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Charities Brace for Tax-Driven Dip in Year-End Giving," 27 Nov. 2018 Then there's a grab-bag of miscellaneous titles, like 2005’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Tropico 4, a.k.a. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Steam adds Proton, making Windows games playable on Linux (at least in theory)," 21 Aug. 2018 With a sleek desk, eye-catching wallpaper, DIY shelves, and a striking chandelier, a space of miscellaneous fashion finds revamps into a modern office nook. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch a Closet Be Completely Transformed Into a Glamorous Office Space," 26 July 2018 There are exactly 187 gas-seeking rigs and two miscellaneous rigs, creating a total rig count of 1,047. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas rig count falls by five," 29 June 2018 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

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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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