American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A container in which a substance is melted.
- n. A place where immigrants of different cultures or races form an integrated society: "Canadians . . . liked to think of their country as a mosaic rather than a melting pot” ( Kenneth McNaught).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crucible.
- n. A crucible, or similar pot, used to fuse mixtures of metals etc.
- n. idiomatic A place where many divergent things (often races or cultures, but also talents) come together and are homogenized.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A vessel in which anything is melted; a crucible.
- n. (Sociology) A place where people of different backgrounds become similar in culture. The United States has often been referred to as a
melting pot, though the differences in cultures of recently arrived immigrants persists beyond the generation of immigrants.
- n. a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions
- n. an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
“The University of Pennsylvania’s William Labov, whose classic 1966 study, The Social Stratification of English in New York City, demonstrated that the city is a melting pot of various dialects, should be delighted.”
“Embraced, I very much wanted to believe, by all religions; the one-girl religious melting pot I thought maybe I could be.”
“I think we were probably very different, very ahead of the time, because of Chapel Hill being a melting pot and a non-typical typical Southern town.”
“Even if there were—even if “one world” meant a melting pot in which everything comes out a bland mush instead of a salad of varied ingrediCents and textures—I’m not sure that outcome would be palatable.”
“This huge melting pot of religious and philosophical ideas drew on the beliefs of many cultures-Greek, Persian, Jewish, ancient Egyptian, even the religions of the Far East—to create ideas that underpin our whole culture.”
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