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 The store accepts clean and salable clothing, glassware, kitchenware, furniture, books, knick-knacks, tools, lamps, pictures and miscellaneous items from non-smoking homes. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Volunteers are heading back into Medina’s Life’s Treasures thrift shop," 7 May 2021 Wheels Up asks you about golf bags, skis, standard luggage, oversize luggage, miscellaneous items such as strollers and bikes, the number of adults, children, lap children under age two, and pets before clicking the buy button. Doug Gollan, Forbes, "Everything You Need To Know About Booking Private Jet Charters," 5 May 2021 The March tour revealed that some of those property owners, however, were encroaching on parkland, cutting down trees and using it as storage for wood piles, miscellaneous items and even a skid loader. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposed ordinance could make it harder for Milwaukee County parks to develop bike trails," 15 Apr. 2021 Plus, the top drawer keeps remotes, coasters, reading glasses, and other miscellaneous items nearby but out of sight. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, "Amazon Has a Secret Section of Small-Space Solutions—Here Are 16 Items Worth Shopping," 10 Mar. 2021 The pantry will be divided into nutritional categories: grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, meats and miscellaneous. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 2 Apr. 2021 Pacific Coast Iron is a progressive structural steel and miscellaneous iron fabricator and erector, serving Southern California government, commercial, residential and medical clients for 45 years. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, March 25," 25 Mar. 2021 Recruiting budgets, travel and other miscellaneous expenses were also below the norm. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "How Abilene Christian basketball went from a bad D-II program to one of the nation’s top mid-majors in one decade," 14 Mar. 2021 All employee groups received more vaccines from independent and partner sites than directly through CPS, except for a group of miscellaneous employees that includes hourly workers. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "All CPS teachers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines at district sites, with aim to have all employees get first dose by the end of March," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Miscellaneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscellaneous. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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