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miscellany

[mis-uh-ley-nee; British mi-sel-uh-nee] /ˈmɪs əˌleɪ ni; British mɪˈsɛl ə ni/
noun, plural miscellanies.
1.
a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items.
2.
a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors, dealing with various topics, assembled in a volume or book.
3.
miscellanies, a miscellaneous collection of articles or entries, as in a book.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; Anglicized variant of miscellanea
Synonyms
2. anthology.
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British Dictionary definitions for miscellany

miscellany

/mɪˈsɛlənɪ; US ˈmɪsəˌleɪnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
a mixed assortment of items
2.
(sometimes pl) a miscellaneous collection of essays, poems, etc, by different authors in one volume
Word Origin
C16: from French miscellanées (pl) miscellanea
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Word Origin and History for miscellany
n.

"a mixture, medley," 1590s, from Latin miscellanea "a writing on miscellaneous subjects," originally "meat hash, hodge-podge" (food for gladiators), neuter plural of miscellaneus (see miscellaneous).

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Encyclopedia Article for miscellany

a collection of writings on various subjects. One of the first and best-known miscellanies in English was the collection of poems by various authors published by Richard Tottel in 1557. Thereafter the miscellany became a popular form of publication, and many more appeared in the next 50 years, including The Paradise of Dainty Devices (1576), The Phoenix Nest (1593), England's Parnassus (1600), and England's Helicon (1600).

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