[mis-uh-ley-nee; British mi-sel-uh-nee]
noun, plural miscellanies.
a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items.
a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors, dealing with various topics, assembled in a volume or book.
miscellanies, a miscellaneous collection of articles or entries, as in a book.

1590–1600; Anglicized variant of miscellanea

2. anthology.
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miscellany (mɪˈsɛlənɪ, US ˈmɪsəˌleɪnɪ)
n , pl -nies
1.  a mixed assortment of items
2.  (sometimes plural) a miscellaneous collection of essays, poems, etc, by different authors in one volume
[C16: from French miscellanées (pl) miscellanea]

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"a mixture, medley," 1590s, from L. miscellanea "a writing on miscellaneous subjects," neut. pl. of miscellaneus (see miscellaneous).
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