from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A collection of various things; an assortment, mixed bag or motley.
- n. An anthology of miscellaneous prose.
- n. A medley of songs or music.
- n. A mixture of dried fragrant plant material, often in a decorative bowl, used to scent a room.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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 (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)
French pot pourri, meaning "rotten pot", itself from Spanish olla podrida, same meaning and name of a stew. (Wiktionary)