mish·​mash | \ˈmish-ˌmash, -ˌmäsh\

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Examples of mishmash in a Sentence

the painting was just a mishmash of colors and abstract shapes as far as we could tell

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There are few places where such a mishmash of items makes sense besides in an art museum gift shop. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 The paper is a mishmash of approaches, none of which include severe anti-trust action like breaking up the companies in question. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Want To Fix Facebook, Tear Down Its Walls," 31 July 2018 Privacy - Terms While touring the ruins of Fort Churchill, Zimmern dined on son-of-a-gun stew — a mishmash of beef, elk, antelope and assorted vegetables cooked in a Dutch oven — and boiled elk tongue. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Pony Express-themed "Bizarre Foods" episode takes celebrity chef into Sacramento," 2 July 2018 Summer League can be a difficult environment for bigs to produce in general, given the mishmash nature of rosters that skew young. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Rookie Report Cards: The Most Noteworthy Summer League Showings," 11 July 2018 In Swiss uniforms, while celebrating with the Albanian eagle, the two players embody immigrant identity and self-expression — with all its hybridity, historical references and mishmash of allegiances. Ani Kokobobo, Washington Post, "For Albanians, it’s not just an eagle. Here’s the deeper story those World Cup fines.," 2 July 2018 Remember that guy who tried hauling a unwieldy, uncovered mishmash of chairs, tables, and file cabinets in his pickup truck down Interstate 91? Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Man tries hauling uncovered cargo mass in truck for second time in a week," 26 June 2018 Here, though, visitors can devour a delicious mishmash of foods and fusions from all over Mexico and the world. David Farley, New York Times, "Grazing an Entire Country at a Mexico City Market," 9 June 2018 Twenty-one months ago, the Vegas Golden Knights were little but a mishmash of scouts and analysts, directors and advisors, assembled over Labor Day weekend to begin the biggest challenge of their careers. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "From Misfits to Magic, the Vegas Golden Knights Accomplish an Impossible Story," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of mishmash

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mishmash

Middle English & Yiddish; Middle English mysse masche, perhaps reduplication of mash mash; Yiddish mish-mash, perhaps reduplication of mishn to mix

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English Language Learners Definition of mishmash

: a confused mixture of things

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