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

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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

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Outside of this, the rotation has been a potpourri; a chaotically good blend of innings eaters stringing together starts to keep a potent A’s offense almost always in striking distance. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A’s postseason hopes rest on patchwork pitching staff," 11 July 2019 Sold separately, the hypoallergenic fragrance capsules promise to vanquish pet odors, boost mood and make your house smell nice without turning it into a potpourri boutique. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Products That Lend a Hand," 20 June 2019 For Fourth of July impact without turning into patriotic potpourri, embrace the red, white, and blue in an un-holiday pattern like this stand-out floral. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "8 Pretty Ways to Wear Red, White, and Blue This Fourth of July," 21 June 2019 That translates into a potpourri of joyful, provocative details that delight the eye with rich colors, vibrant wallpapers and exuberant patterns dancing throughout the rooms. Abigail Stone, latimes.com, "h Club is the new club rising above in L.A.," 10 June 2019 In 2009, Italian digital entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni started The Blonde Salad, a blog that was essentially a visual potpourri of her fashion choices and travel exploits. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Chiara Ferragni Tells Us How She Gets the 'Blonde' in The Blonde Salad," 12 June 2019 Think: enormous red roses enveloped in ribbons sprouting from your wrist, or heaps of petals that look like bulbous bags of potpourri. Vogue, "Can the Corsage Ever Be Cool? Chloë Sevigny Says “Yes!”," 8 Apr. 2019 There were two glimmering eye styles, drawn directly from the shining dresses in Van Noten’s collection: One was a mix of gold and silver flecks, the other a potpourri pot of pink and gold and silvery blue. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The Dries Van Noten Girl’s Guide to Elegant Makeup After Dark," 27 Feb. 2019 In the potpourri of jihadist groups, many pledge their loyalties to al-Qaeda or IS. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018

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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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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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