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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 was a Milanese, and his name was Gerolamo, which had become Jerry in the "melting-pot."

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • In some ways it is a melting-pot on a larger scale than New York even.

  • The melting-pot—I see the locusts swarming for their last attack on the good things of America.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • Then you hold your tongue, and keep the melting-pot ready, and that's all you'll have to do.'

    Oliver Twist, Illustrated Charles Dickens
  • Drawn by the lure of the wheat, all pour themselves into the melting-pot.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • As a matter of fact, the melting-pot may mix but does not melt.

  • Hazel gray, her brave eyes met mine across the witch-vapour curling from the melting-pot.

    Cardigan Robert W. Chambers
  • Viney went off with his head confused and his plans in the melting-pot.

    The Hole in the Wall Arthur Morrison
  • The college plate and the jewels left by pious benefactors were stolen, and went to the melting-pot.

    Oxford Andrew Lang
  • It seems to take no account of him, or to put him into the melting-pot with the masses.

    Influences of Geographic Environment Ellen Churchill Semple
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.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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