pot·pour·ri | \ˌpō-pu̇-ˈrē \

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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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 Sales of its potpourri of consumer electronics tripled over this period. The Economist, "Xiaomi’s forthcoming IPO shows how the rules of business are changing," 7 June 2018 Trump, who limited his remarks to about 20 minutes, veered from his script to the usual potpourri of topics, according to attendees. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "‘Nasty guy’: Trump attacks critic, touts accomplishments in House GOP meeting on immigration," 19 June 2018 Besides games, Twitch’s potpourri of content now includes painting, music, sculpting, cooking, makeup, brewing beer, cosplay, chess, news and politics, and sports. Benny Evangelista, SFChronicle.com, "Online video game powerhouse Twitch the ‘future of entertainment’," 17 June 2018 Image The small, shiny packets that claim to hold only scented potpourri look harmless. New York Times, "Overdoses From ‘Dangerous Batch’ of K2 Grows to 56 in Brooklyn," 22 May 2018 The 11768 Northport ZIP code extends to a potpourri of beachfront houses along the isthmus of Asharoken village, separating Northport Bay from Long Island Sound, and Eatons Neck, a hamlet of sprawling lawns and large homes. Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "Northport, N.Y.: Old-Time Charm in a Waterfront Village," 2 May 2018 The potpourri will include heavy snow, ice, severe thunderstorms, possible tornadoes, wildfires and wild extremes in temperatures. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Blizzards, tornadoes, fires: Wild storm to deliver all sorts of extreme weather across nation this weekend," 13 Apr. 2018 Consumers who angst for detailed storyline and a potpourri of mind games will devour this encounter. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Young Bucks, Golden Lovers Weigh In On Sunday's NJPW “Strong Style Evolved” Show," 23 Mar. 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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