Definitions

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  • n. A collection containing a variety of miscellaneous things
  • n. A Viennese coffee speciality, half steamed milk and half coffee.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • That they do so by means of a mental state bought on by melange is also significant.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: Magic

  • Drop the cleaning fluid and the phantom scents and the word melange, and, depending where the joss sticks are, the farther away from the cigarette sneaking clerk the better, I'd buy this.

    A tin nose

  • Acting Defense Minister Valeriy Ivashchenko says a first consignment of the liquid component, known as melange, was taken last month to Russia for recycling into chemicals for civilian use.

    www.kyivpost.com

  • -this book, rather than, say, a senseless word melange from a certain governor clear on other end of the country?

    John Jeter: The Sanford Wife

  • -- this book, rather than, say, a senseless word melange from a certain governor clear on other end of the country?

    John Jeter: The Sanford Wife

  • So, this is the kind of melange out of which good gangster movies could come.

    Matthew Yglesias » Predictions I Hope Come True

  • The "melange", as I call it, is rather an innovation in English verse, and to be found only rarely.

    The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke

  • And the third success is what I should call the "melange".

    The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke

  • At Newsweek's request, the band edited together a two-and-a-half-minut sonic "melange" of the record's songs -- check it out below!

    Spin Magazine Online -

  • Pine notes pop up as well in this fruity melange which is a nice blend of bitter and sweet aromas.

    Reader - MassLive.com

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  • Eggers should give up eating seafood.

    August 5, 2012

  • From Dave Eggers' "Zeitoun," p. 155: "It smelled dirtier every day, a wretched mélange of fish and mud and chemicals."

    August 5, 2012

  • Melange: also called the "spice" – is the name of the fictional drug central to the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert, and derivative works.

    This word is used enough in reference, scholarship and in conversation that it should be included as a definition.

    June 7, 2012

  • Melange mine own, the unseen and the seen,
    Mysterious ocean where the streams empty

    Whitman, "Starting from Paumanok"

    January 9, 2008