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

  • adj. Made up of a variety of parts or ingredients.
  • adj. Having a variety of characteristics, abilities, or appearances.
  • adj. Concerned with diverse subjects or aspects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Consisting of a variety of ingredients or parts.
  • adj. Having diverse characteristics, abilities or appearances.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Mixed; mingled; consisting of several things; of diverse sorts; promiscuous; heterogeneous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of a mixture; diversified; promiscuous: as, miscellaneous reading; a miscellaneous rabble.
  • Producing things of various sorts: as, a miscellaneous inventor.
  • Synonyms See promiscuous.

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

  • adj. consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
  • adj. having many aspects


From Latin miscellāneus, from miscellus, mixed, from miscēre, to mix.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin miscellāneus, from miscellus ("mixed"), from misceō ("mix"). (Wiktionary)


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  • I just hate it when I can't type this right. Every time I need the word I have to use a dictionary.

    October 17, 2008

  • Never, but never, have a file called "Miscellaneous".

    This principle was taught to me by a New England Patriots fan who also managed to bring me ’round to the idea that gridiron isn't necessarily the silliest game in the world.

    April 10, 2008