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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Take a peek, have a laugh, and maybe waste a little time looking for more miscellaneous items similar to beautiful celebs when you're done. Summer Cartwright, Marie Claire, "Ever Noticed How Much Your Favorite Celebrities Look Like These Random Objects?," 2 May 2019 On Schedule A, Congress eliminated deductions for miscellaneous expenses, a grab bag of items. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Other Deductions," 15 Feb. 2019 Seconds later, the trailer and attached grill, smoker and miscellaneous equipment ─ including refrigerators, slow cooker and signs ─ went up in flames. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Army veteran’s BBQ truck goes up in flames, but he says 'the fire will not win'," 19 July 2018 Her four sections: clothes, books, papers and komono (miscellaneous), have simplified organization for more than 5 million readers. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Thrift Stores And Flea Markets Are Seeing An Influx Due To Marie Kondo," 15 Jan. 2019 Between the approximate times of 10 p.m. Feb. 20 and 6:26 a.m. Feb. 21, an unknown suspect(s) broke the driver side rear window and stole the complainant's handbag containing miscellaneous nursing student supplies. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police report," 12 Mar. 2018 The 1099 forms reporting interest, investment income and miscellaneous income often arrive later, and sometimes they’re corrected after that. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Seven New Year’s Tax Resolutions for 2019," 28 Dec. 2018 His next two — Luna and Nova — were on a local classifieds website’s miscellaneous old clutter section. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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