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

Keep scrolling for more

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

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'potpourri.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of potpourri

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for potpourri

French pot pourri, literally, rotten pot

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about potpourri

Dictionary Entries near potpourri

pot oven


pot plant





Statistics for potpourri

Last Updated

21 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for potpourri

The first known use of potpourri was in 1749

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for potpourri



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on potpourri

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with potpourri

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for potpourri

Spanish Central: Translation of potpourri

Nglish: Translation of potpourri for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about potpourri

Comments on potpourri

What made you want to look up potpourri? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!