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melting pot

a pot in which metals or other substances are melted or fused.
a country, locality, or situation in which cultural assimilation results in blending the heritage and traditions of previously distinct ethnic groups.
Origin of melting pot
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He spared nothing in his zeal, even the colossal chandelier of St. Mary's Church had to go into the melting pot to make cannons.

    The Hansa Towns Helen Zimmern
  • What is left is simply a lot of dirty combs fit only for the melting pot.

    Bee Hunting John Ready Lockard
  • The modern American mind, like modern America, itself, is a melting pot.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • So his whole strength was flung into the melting pot of achievement.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • Of course, some will urge that this country is still a melting pot.

    Over Here Hector MacQuarrie
British Dictionary definitions for melting pot

melting pot

a pot in which metals or other substances are melted, esp in order to mix them
an area in which many races, ideas, etc, are mixed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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melting pot in Culture

melting pot definition

A term expressing the view that immigrants to the United States have been fused or melted into a single people.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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