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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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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 In an ideal market, ethanol blends could compete with regular gasoline year round without the potpourri of government distortions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "‘That’s What You Want to Hear’," 10 Oct. 2018 Seeing this medieval landmark is a good reminder that Tivoli—like Rome—is a potpourri of architectural styles due to its long history. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018 Four people, including Mohsin, were federally charged for their roles in making or getting Max Dobner the synthetic drugs, marketed as incense or potpourri but given names that invoke a drug high. Hannah Leone, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora smoke shop employee gets prison for selling synthetic marijuana after young man's death," 8 Mar. 2018 Juicy and fresh, with unusual aromas and flavors of watermelon and potpourri. Austere and reticent, with stony aromas and flavors of citrus and flowers. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 Stacey tries to counter the odor with spritzings of Febreze and a steady supply of potpourri. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "A Community Cracked Open by Fracking," 13 June 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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