potpourri

noun
pot·​pour·​ri | \ ˌpō-pu̇-ˈrē How to pronounce potpourri (audio) \

Definition of potpourri

1 : a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent
2 : a miscellaneous collection : medley a potpourri of the best songs and sketchesCurrent Biography

Examples of potpourri in a Sentence

The festival was a musical potpourri—performances included folk, jazz, blues, and rap music. a potpourri of hit songs from the last 10 years
Recent Examples on the Web His Facebook page is a Miami potpourri of luxury cars, bikini models and photos of Maceo at a cryptocurrency conference in June. al, 24 Dec. 2021 Textured imagery and a potpourri of color and black and white motivated the frame, while a squarish 1.37 aspect ratio keeps the focus on the story. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Even for those who have no taste for whiskey, the tour is a potpourri of exciting sights, smells and tastes and a remarkable history lesson. al, 24 Dec. 2021 Lastly, there is ASEAN: a potpourri of mostly domestic firms in markets like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Fortune, 15 Dec. 2021 Sciolino’s book furnishes a potpourri of details to reinforce the elegiac mood. Diane Johnson, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 But if the room is filled with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives and life experiences, the result will be a potpourri of ideas from which the group can pick the best and strongest. Cheya Dunlap, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Sciolino’s book furnishes a potpourri of details to reinforce the elegiac mood. Diane Johnson, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 Sciolino’s book furnishes a potpourri of details to reinforce the elegiac mood. Diane Johnson, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of potpourri

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for potpourri

French pot pourri, literally, rotten pot

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The first known use of potpourri was in 1749

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25 Jan 2022

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“Potpourri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potpourri. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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potpourri

noun

English Language Learners Definition of potpourri

: a mixture of dried flower petals, leaves, and spices that is used to make a room smell pleasant
: a collection of different things

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