mish·​mash | \ ˈmish-ˌmash How to pronounce mishmash (audio) , -ˌmäsh\

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

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Set to release in 2019 from the creators behind Oxenfree, Afterparty’s underworld is an international mishmash of cultures, myths, and commonly held religious beliefs. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The subtweets of the damned," 27 Mar. 2018 Still, influenced by a mishmash of Hindu mythology, Bollywood romances and astrological signs, Ms. Flock’s subjects are unwilling to give up on love. Thrity Umrigar, WSJ, "Five Best: Thrity Umrigar," 16 Aug. 2018 Rania dressed in her signature combo of a tailored top and skirt, but with a new twist: the look was an expert mishmash of local and international labels. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Rania of Jordan Mixes Local and Global Designers Like a Royal Pro," 12 Sep. 2018 The mishmash of directional signage, which sometimes confuses patients causing them to arrive to an appointment late or take a longer-than-necessary route, is a long-term project. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Hotel-Style Hospitality Comes to Hospitals," 16 Dec. 2018 Deacon’s mishmash of bloomers, codpieces, and 16th-century ruffs made of false hair was equal parts Fred Flintstone and Tim Burton. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York City Ballet Hosts a Fall Gala to Remember With Costumes by Gareth Pugh, Alberta Ferretti, and Giles Deacon," 28 Sep. 2018 Amazon 4-star’s mishmash of products are grouped using web metrics, such as top-selling items in New York City, books with more than 4.8 stars and items frequently bought together. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Inside the New Amazon 4-Star Store, a Novelty Gift Shop," 27 Sep. 2018 Sport a mishmash of here and there, and, hopefully, your trinkets will keep summer’s splendor alive. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Have Travel, Will Shop: The Best Pieces From Around the World (And Those You Can Buy Online, Too)," 6 Sep. 2018 In 2009, Obama began an effort to revise the federal standards to harmonize a mishmash of greenhouse-gas and fuel-economy standards set by federal agencies and California. Hiroko Tabuchi, The Seattle Times, "California strikes back against the Trump administration’s auto-pollution rollback," 7 Aug. 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

informal : a confused mixture of things

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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