mish·​mash | \ ˈmish-ˌmash How to pronounce mishmash (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web Critics have compared them to everything from 3OH!3 to Sleigh Bells, but their irreverent mishmash of genres wouldn’t be possible without SOPHIE challenging concepts of pop years prior. Justin Curto, Vulture, "9 Songs That Wouldn’t Exist Without SOPHIE," 6 Feb. 2021 The coaching staff is a mishmash of holdovers, coaches that did not have a market for their roles, and a few good ones that did. Stephanie Stradley, Chron, "Stephanie Stradley discusses Texans PSLs, tickets, feelings," 5 Feb. 2021 What had been a mishmash of styles inside a 1980s structure became sleek spaces that pair classic details with clean lines, modern fixtures and furniture, and a curated collection of local artwork. Sarah Bonnette | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Floor-to-ceiling windows let the Indoors and outdoors merge in a sleek Covington renovation," 30 Dec. 2020 Casey Hayward dropped a pick, got beat deep, beat short, covered, tackled, a mishmash. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nick Canepa’s Chargers report card: vs. Falcons," 13 Dec. 2020 Though startling, this Cerberus-friendly mishmash is merely the most extreme manifestation of a trend: Other labels, from the lofty (Milan fashion house Marni) to the egalitarian (Uniqlo), have been cobbling together their own Frankenshirts. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Meet the Frankenshirt. It’s Three (or Seven) Shirts in One," 8 Dec. 2020 That left it with a mishmash of styles, some of them dated and clashing. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "$2.2M Victorian home in Minneapolis has been updated with 'every modern convenience'," 20 Nov. 2020 Sullivan contrasted the chaotic mishmash of Election Day rules with the relative simplicity of the federal income tax deadline. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "Federal court orders ballot sweep of 12 USPS districts covering 15 states," 3 Nov. 2020 Sullivan contrasted the chaotic mishmash of Election Day rules with the relative simplicity of the federal income tax deadline. Anchorage Daily News, "Court orders sweep for ballots in 12 postal districts covering 15 states," 3 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of mishmash was in the 15th century

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17 Feb 2021

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

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English Language Learners Definition of mishmash

informal : a confused mixture of things

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