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.

1630–40; < Latin miscellāneus mixed, of all sorts, equivalent to miscell(us) mixed + -ān(us) -an + -eus -eous

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.
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miscellaneous (ˌmɪsəˈleɪnɪəs)
1.  composed of or containing a variety of things; mixed; varied
2.  having varied capabilities, sides, etc
[C17: from Latin miscellāneus, from miscellus mixed, from miscēre to mix]

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Word Origin & History

1630s, from L. miscellaneus, from miscellus "mixed," from miscere "to mix" (see mix).
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Example sentences
Adding up a bunch of miscellaneous values doesn't mean much.
Empty water bottles, soda cans and miscellaneous litter clog the surface.
At the age of 10, he constructed a toy robot from miscellaneous scrap metal.
They also create a test box, pulling balls from miscellaneous boxes.
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