mis·​cel·​la·​neous | \ ˌmi-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs How to pronounce miscellaneous (audio) , -nyəs \

Essential Meaning of miscellaneous

: including many things of different kinds a miscellaneous collection of tools miscellaneous expenses/items

Full Definition of miscellaneous

1 : consisting of diverse things or members : heterogeneous
2a : having various traits
b : dealing with or interested in diverse subjects as a writer I was too miscellaneous— George Santayana

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Other Words from miscellaneous

miscellaneously adverb
miscellaneousness noun

Examples of miscellaneous in a Sentence

The coyotes, in other words, also munched rabbits, woodchucks, meadow mice, deer mice, jumping mice, and freelance miscellaneous booty like frogs and fallen apples and muskrats,  … — Edward Hoagland, Harper's, June 2007 The sandhogs' word for a miscellaneous happening in which a sandhog is injured is mishap. — Alec Wilkinson, Double Take, Summer 2001 … we came upon what must have been his camp, a rather elaborate shelter made of lashed saplings and covered with plastic sheeting; empty Clorox bottles were scattered around, along with rope, canned goods, and what Huck Finn would have called his traps—the miscellaneous pots, clothing, and whatnot that you lug around through life. — Franklin Burroughs, The River Home, 1992 a miscellaneous collection of tools the bottom of the drawer was always a miscellaneous accumulation of odds and ends
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Recent Examples on the Web Another option is to organize items into categories—for example, furniture, antiques, jewelry and other miscellaneous items. Ashley Kilroy, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2021 In this instance, the investor would need to purchase the property for around $400,000 to ensure a profit of around $100,000, which, after closing costs, commissions, marketing and other miscellaneous expenses would probably be more like $70,000. Michael Ligon, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Police recovered 19 miscellaneous items belonging to Walmart with a total value of $98.99. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 Many a student knows how messy and unorganized their miscellaneous school supplies can get over the course of just one semester, let alone an entire school year. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 18 Aug. 2021 That now-six-year-old app, dubbed OLIO — the name defined as a miscellaneous collection of things — serves 4.3 million users globally and has shared 25 million portions of food plus 3 million nonfood items. BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2021 Officers checked the woman’s purse and reportedly found $509.95 worth of miscellaneous store merchandise. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 24 July 2021 The house continues to attract artists, musicians and miscellaneous guests. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 Expect a wide range of genres, including Icelandic music, as well as T-shirts, posters, and miscellaneous souvenirs. Kaye Toal, Travel + Leisure, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of miscellaneous

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miscellaneous

Latin miscellaneus, from miscellus mixed

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“Miscellaneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscellaneous. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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: consisting of many things of different sorts

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