mis·​cel·​la·​ny | \ ˈmi-sə-ˌlā-nē How to pronounce miscellany (audio) , chiefly British mi-ˈse-lə-nē \
plural miscellanies

Definition of miscellany

1a miscellanies plural : separate writings collected in one volume
b : a collection of writings on various subjects
2 : a mixture of various things

Examples of miscellany in a Sentence

a miscellany of old toys the box from the attic contained a miscellany of old records, family photo albums, and long-forgotten love letters
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First Known Use of miscellany

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for miscellany

probably modification of French miscellanées, plural, from Latin miscellanea

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“Miscellany.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscellany. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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