Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mixture.
  • noun Geology A metamorphic rock formation created from sediments and rocks scraped off the top of a downward-moving tectonic plate in a subduction zone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mixture; a medley; usually, an uncombined mingling or association of elements, objects, or individuals; in lit., a miscellany.
  • noun A French dress-goods of cotton chain and woolen weft.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A mixture; a medley.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative form of melange.

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

  • noun a motley assortment of things

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French meslance, from mesler, to mix; see meddle.]

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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.

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