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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If there’s a lot of people at the house, then there’ll be a mishmash of ordering in. Marguerite Joutz, New York Times, "How the First Latina Partner of a White-Shoe Law Firm Spends Her Sundays," 21 June 2019 Harmony is at the heart of plaza life, the communal ties between tables, the whole mishmash crowd in this shifting encampment, taking the sun, contemplatives in the land of commerce. Garrison Keillor, Harper's magazine, "Hurrah for the Plaza," 22 July 2019 The mishmash of regulation and international supervisory responsibilities makes one wonder how carefully Facebook planned Libra. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Five major issues raised by Facebook’s Libra hearing before Congress," 16 July 2019 The 5,000-year-old Andean civilization has gone from indigenous Incas to a mishmash of colonial and immigrant cultures, with Spanish and European settlers giving way to an influx of Japanese and Chinese exiles in the 20th Century. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Dr. Limon in Hallandale Beach is Peruvian cure for summertime blues," 26 June 2019 The mishmash of laws and spotty monitoring have led to wildly divergent population estimates for captive tigers in the United States. oregonlive.com, "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 2019 One is a laid-back, affecting comedy about second chances; the other is a clunky mishmash of broad gags. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Last O.G.’ Searches for Brooklyn, and Itself," 2 Apr. 2018 Originally a dense grain two or three millimeters across that had been ground down into microscopic fragments, the rock was a mishmash of lustrous metal and matte mineral of a yellowish hue. Quanta Magazine, "In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos," 13 June 2014 The mishmash of government rules here amounts to an anvil on program effectiveness, which has prompted companies to take charge of training programs. Dallas Morning News, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Trump plan to expand apprenticeships is timely, intriguing," 30 June 2019

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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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