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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In a narrative tradition going all the way back through Montaigne to Plutarch, editors, publishers, and a whole miscellany of intellectuals have automatically raised Deep Existential Questions in their introductions. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pushing the bounds of form in ‘The Glorious American Essay’," 23 Dec. 2020 In fairness to him, the book is more than a collection of familiar Obamaisms and biographical miscellany—there are tick-tock accounts of the major events in his first term. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Barack Obama Doesn’t Have the Answers," 19 Nov. 2020 The figure includes contributions to the economy through tourism and miscellany such as the effect of royal babies on fashion brands. Tom Metcalf, Bloomberg.com, "What Financial Freedom Means for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 10 May 2020 Now, a miscellany of eccentric goods — everything from a $43,000 brown crocodile Hermès Birkin bag to tissue-thin T-shirts that cost around $50 — can be purchased on fredsegal.com. Max Berlinger, Los Angeles Times, "What an online flea market looks like when Fred Segal does it. (Hint: Birkin bags included)," 18 Apr. 2020 In addition to casual women’s and men’s clothing — with an emphasis on the former — the store carries local skin-care products from Bohemian Reves and miscellany such as funky candles fashioned from beer bottles. Paul Abercrombie, Washington Post, "St. Petersburg, Fla.," 12 Feb. 2020 Initially known for their preppy eclecticism, Vampire Weekend expands into miscellany as never before. Armond White, National Review, "Vampire Weekend Makes the Best Pop-Political Album of the Year," 10 Dec. 2019 For generations of Americans, the brick-like Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog was a fixture in just about every house — a miscellany of toys and clothes and furnishings and hardware that induced longing for this or that dream purchase. Allen G. Breed, The Seattle Times, "Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day," 16 Oct. 2018 The vehicle easily fit a pillow, a couple of suitcases, and other miscellany needed for a seven-week stay with mom and dad. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed," 29 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of miscellany was in 1601

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13 Jan 2021

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“Miscellany.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscellany. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of miscellany

: a mixture or collection of different things

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