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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
Recent Examples on the Web Penned in 1979, the Concerto is a work of unceasing interest, a potpourri of echoes of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Bartok and the Romantics woven into reams of dense chords, jazz-like musings, and passages of luminous delicacy. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra extends ‘In Focus’ success with Bronfman, Beethoven program: Review," 30 Oct. 2020 Other states or cities can turn to a sales tax to help fund transportation as in Seattle, which has used a potpourri of funding mechanisms to pay for a wave of transportation projects. oregonlive, "7 things to know about Metro’s payroll tax proposal to pay for transportation projects, programs," 17 Oct. 2020 The same is said of Zimbabwe and Venezuela, as well as a potpourri of other countries experiencing inflation flare ups. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "Hanke’s Inflation Dashboard: The Media’s Misreporting on Hyperinflation," 7 Oct. 2020 This potpourri also reflects the diffuse and largely spontaneous nature of the protests. The Economist, "No justice, no peace America’s protests turn jubilant," 11 June 2020 Such markets are a nightmare of animal mistreatment, with appallingly crowded and unsanitary conditions— just an ideal festering potpourri for generating new viral threats. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 19 May 2020 The event will feature gourmet foods, candles and potpourri, clothing and jewelry, home decor and more. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 8 Mar. 2020 Behold, the comfort economy: a potpourri of brands, retailers, and influencers—all targeting consumers looking for a little dose of self-care and some anxiety relief. Rachel King, Fortune, "From cookies to cashmere, the comfort economy gains momentum during the coronavirus pandemic," 21 Apr. 2020 The event will feature gourmet foods, candles and potpourri, clothing and jewelry, home decor and more. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 8 Mar. 2020

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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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“Potpourri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potpourri. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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