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 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 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

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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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17 Dec 2019

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“Miscellany.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscellany. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of miscellany

: a mixture or collection of different things

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