American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A combination of incongruous things: "In the minds of many, the real and imagined causes for Russia's defeats quickly mingled into a potpourri of terrible fears” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
- n. A miscellaneous anthology or collection: a potpourri of short stories and humorous verse.
- n. A mixture of dried flower petals and spices used to scent the air.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dish of different kinds of meat and vegetables cooked together; a stew.
- n. Hence A miscellaneous collection; a medley. Specifically— A mixture of the dried petals of rose-leaves or other flowers with spices and perfumes. It is usually kept in jars for its fragrance.
- n. A collection of various things; an assortment, mixed bag or motley.
- n. An anthology of miscellaneous prose.
- n. music A medley of songs or music.
- n. A mixture of dried fragrant plant material, often in a decorative bowl, used to scent a room.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A ragout composed of different sorts of meats, vegetables, etc., cooked together.
- n. A jar or packet of flower leaves, perfumes, and spices, used to scent a room.
- n. A piece of music made up of different airs strung together; a medley.
- n. A literary production composed of parts brought together without order or bond of connection.
- n. a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
- n. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
- n. a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume
- French pot pourri, meaning "rotten pot", itself from Spanish olla podrida, same meaning and name of a stew. (Wiktionary)
- French pot pourri (translation of Spanish olla podrida) : pot, pot; see potiche + pourri, past participle of pourrir, to rot (from Old French purir, from Vulgar Latin *putrīre, from Latin putrēscere; see putrid). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Right into the hands of what I refer to as the potpourri of global scum, Braun told”
“Wipe out with a damp paper towel, much easier than loose potpourri is to clean.”
“Trivia note -- book D-292 under "potpourri" -- THE INSIDERS by Booth Mooney: Mooney wound up in Washington as an aide to LBJ and a lobbyist, but Robert E. Howard fans know him better as one of REH's youthful amateur-press associates in Texas in the '20s.”
“The French call it potpourri because that means "rotten pot.”
“What she didn't mention was that I'd come from Italy and I had all these bags of an herbal mixture called potpourri, which I'd got from the Pharmacia de Santa Berria”
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“Chatting with me in the Perelman's café, Joseph Rishel, the museum's senior curator of European painting, told me that he'd like to see a future "potpourri" exhibition in that space, drawing cross-cultural connections among diverse permanent-collection works from around the world.”
“He told officers he'd been smoking "potpourri," apparently referring to an herbal substance meant to produce feelings similar to that of marijuana.”
“The detective said Lipski admitted to smoking "potpourri" to get high before driving.”
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