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[mey-lahnzh, -lahnj] /meɪˈlɑ̃ʒ, -ˈlɑndʒ/
noun, plural mélanges
[mey-lahnzh, -lahn-jiz] /meɪˈlɑ̃ʒ, -ˈlɑn dʒɪz/ (Show IPA)
a mixture; medley.
Origin of mélange
1645-55; < French; Old French meslance, equivalent to mesl(er) to mix (see meddle) + -ance noun suffix ≪ Germanic -ingō -ing1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for melange
  • It is a wonderful melange of the real and the fantastic, the never was and the never could be.
  • The web has to stop being a meringue frosting on the top of business, this make-do melange of mashups and abstraction layers.
  • It isn't really awash in anything, being a melange of vague texture, interesting scenery and sad situations.
  • Finally, to accompany the chicken, a carrot and pea melange.
  • The crisis came about because of a melange of complex factors, and we'll be debating the respective merits of those for decades.
  • Back then, the melange of exotic locations and acres of nakedness seemed both daring and soothing.
  • Surrounded by full-length windows, its setting is a melange of skylights, brushed steel and warm wood tones.
  • melange is crucial as it enables space travel, which the spacing guild monopolizes.
British Dictionary definitions for melange


a mixture; confusion
(geology) a totally disordered mixture of rocks of different shapes, sizes, ages, and origins
Word Origin
C17: from French mêler to mix. See medley
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Word Origin and History for melange

1650s, from French mélange (15c.), from mêler "to mix, mingle," from Old French mesler (see meddle).

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melange in Science
A metamorphic rock formation created from materials scraped off the top of a downward moving tectonic plate in a subduction zone. Mélanges occur where plates of oceanic crust subduct beneath plates of continental crust, as along the western coast of South America. They consist of intensely deformed marine sediments and ocean-floor basalts and are characterized by the lack of regular strata, the inclusion of fragments and blocks of various rock types, and the presence of minerals that form only under high pressure and low temperature conditions.
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