Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mixture: "[a] building crowned with a mélange of antennae and satellite dishes” ( Howard Kaplan).
  • n. Geology A metamorphic rock formation created from sediments and rocks scraped off the top of a downward-moving tectonic plate in a subduction zone.

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  • n. Alternative form of melange.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mixture; a medley.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mixture; a medley; usually, an uncombined mingling or association of elements, objects, or individuals; in lit., a miscellany.
  • n. A French dress-goods of cotton chain and woolen weft.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a motley assortment of things

Etymologies

French, from Old French meslance, from mesler, to mix; see meddle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French mélange, from Middle French mélange, meslange, from Old French meslance, meslinges ("set of diverse elements"), derived from mescler ("to mingle, mix up") (modern French mêler), from Vulgar Latin *misculāre, from Latin misceō ("mix") + -inges, a suffix from Frankish *-ingo (“-ing”). More at mix, -ing. (Wiktionary)

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