potpourri

noun

pot·​pour·​ri ˌpō-pu̇-ˈrē How to pronounce potpourri (audio)
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

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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Word History

Etymology

French pot pourri, literally, rotten pot

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 24 Feb. 2024.

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potpourri

noun
pot·​pour·​ri ˌpō-pu̇-ˈrē How to pronounce potpourri (audio)
1
: a jar of flower petals and spices used for scent
2
: a miscellaneous collection : medley

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