mis·​cel·​la·​ny | \ˈmi-sə-ˌlā-nē, 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

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Seeing an avalanche of cookware and other kitchen miscellany can get anyone’s eye twitching. Marlen Komar, Curbed, "10 ways to make the most of a tiny kitchen," 25 July 2018 Instacart users can add goods to their cart from Costco without a membership, permitting a whole new group of buyers to access its vast miscellany of groceries and everyday essentials, said spokeswoman Andrea Toch. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Instacart launching in New Orleans, will deliver your groceries from Rouses, Costco," 8 Mar. 2018 Among other bits of cookie-tin cargo were two other massive diamonds cut from Cullinan, the Stewart sapphire that adorned Queen Victoria’s crown and other majestic miscellany. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "As the Nazis bombed Britain, the royals hid the crown jewels in the least likely place," 13 Jan. 2018 This collection is a miscellany, but potent themes emerge. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick’ Gives Off a Bright Light," 9 Oct. 2017 Carts stacked with bamboo steamer baskets are appealing because of their mystery; carts bearing fried food and miscellany flaunt their golden wares more obviously. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Dining review: Yue Huang in Natomas ranks among the best in Sacramento area for dim sum | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Oct. 2017 In the 1960s, the auto industry was looking at these dummies as potential replacements for their miscellany of living and dead beings that tested cars. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "These Dummies Gave Us a Crash Course on Auto Safety," 21 Oct. 2017 Inside the boat: a pair of orange water skis, an empty fuel can, plywood and other miscellany. Alaska Dispatch News, "He survived a stormy solo water crossing in 1961 — but missed his own memorial service," 19 Oct. 2017 So, on the occasion of the ballpark’s 25th-anniversary weekend honoring the first team to play at Oriole Park, here are his 25 most memorable characters, magic moments and miscellany from the past quarter century. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Peter Schmuck's Camden Yards 25 for 25: The best of Oriole Park after 25 years," 18 Aug. 2017

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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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: a mixture or collection of different things

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