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

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
Recent Examples on the Web These other miscellaneous items aren't necessary but might help your workflow. Wired, 11 July 2022 About $200,000 is being spent at Highland Heights Community Park on upgrades at ballfields, on miscellaneous equipment, and on a front end loader for the service department. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2022 Even now the rayographs radiate a graphic showmanship that is minimalist and spectral; the miscellaneous objects—thumbtacks, coils of wire, scissors, combs, straight razors—are arranged with unfussy exactitude. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 The city generated $196,000 on the gun sales that went into a fund that pays for miscellaneous police equipment. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 June 2016 Congress created the above-the-line educator expense deduction because, for many teachers, the 2% of AGI threshold for the miscellaneous itemized deduction was difficult to meet. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, 19 July 2022 The show has changed the names of people, places, and ships involved in the cases, as well as altered certain miscellaneous details, to protect the identities of the victims and their families. Sammi Burke, EW.com, 13 July 2022 Amazon, as in your go-to place for baby shower gifts and miscellaneous cleaning supplies, is brimming with minimalist fashion. Jaimie Potters, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 July 2022 Officers further examined the book bag and found a small amount of marijuana, miscellaneous documents and various credit cards that may have been involved in identity theft. cleveland, 19 June 2022 See More

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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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“Miscellaneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscellaneous. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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