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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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Examples from the web for melting pot
  • They simply do not exist so put that into your scientific melting pot and tell me what you come up with.
  • It's a melting pot for culture creating so many fine foods, music, architectural delights and entertainers.
  • The idea was that freshmen could manage to mix together on their own and help form the college's own little melting pot.
  • While this pilgrimage may be necessary to keep churning out cheap almonds, it also creates a melting pot of pathogens.
  • Foreign workers are but the latest addition to this already diverse melting pot.
  • Long since swallowed up, it has transformed into a melting pot for artists and immigrants as well as workers.
  • People are leaving their ancient homelands, moving to the cities, and becoming part of the melting pot.
  • Ashkelon's tradition as a melting pot and emporium persists.
  • Similarly, the idea that specific races deserve special protection has also been made a fool of by the melting pot.
  • First there was the melting pot, but that seemed overly romantic.
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
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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
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