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[mis-uh-ley-nee-uh s] /ˌmɪs əˈleɪ ni əs/
consisting of members or elements of different kinds; of mixed character:
a book of miscellaneous essays on American history.
having various qualities, aspects, or subjects:
a miscellaneous discussion.
Origin of miscellaneous
1630-40; < Latin miscellāneus mixed, of all sorts, equivalent to miscell(us) mixed + -ān(us) -an + -eus -eous
Related forms
miscellaneously, adverb
miscellaneousness, noun
1. divers, varied, heterogeneous, diversified. Miscellaneous, indiscriminate, promiscuous refer to mixture and lack of order, and may imply lack of discernment or taste. Miscellaneous emphasizes the idea of the mixture of things of different kinds or natures: a miscellaneous assortment of furniture. Indiscriminate emphasizes lack of discrimination in choice (and consequent confusion): indiscriminate praise. Promiscuous is even stronger than indiscriminate in its emphasis of complete absence of discrimination: promiscuous in his friendships. Unabridged
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  • Adding up a bunch of miscellaneous values doesn't mean much.
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  • At the age of 10, he constructed a toy robot from miscellaneous scrap metal.
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  • And maybe if we lived very carefully we could cut our monthly miscellaneous expenses from four hundred to two hundred.
  • That bonus had helped pay for vacations and other miscellaneous expenses.
  • This, despite serious defects, remains the only edition giving access to some of the more important miscellaneous books.
  • Together these two put on a show that seemed miscellaneous by design.
  • These are counted as miscellaneous deductions.
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British Dictionary definitions for miscellaneous


composed of or containing a variety of things; mixed; varied
having varied capabilities, sides, etc
Derived Forms
miscellaneously, adverb
miscellaneousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin miscellāneus, from miscellus mixed, from miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for miscellaneous

1630s, from Latin miscellaneus "mixed, miscellaneous," from miscellus "mixed," from miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)). Related: Miscellaneously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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