[mis-uh-ley-nee; British mi-sel-uh-nee]
noun, plural miscellanies.
a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items.
a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors, dealing with various topics, assembled in a volume or book.
miscellanies, a miscellaneous collection of articles or entries, as in a book.

1590–1600; Anglicized variant of miscellanea

2. anthology.
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miscellany (mɪˈsɛlənɪ, US ˈmɪsəˌleɪnɪ)
n , pl -nies
1.  a mixed assortment of items
2.  (sometimes plural) a miscellaneous collection of essays, poems, etc, by different authors in one volume
[C16: from French miscellanées (pl) miscellanea]

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Word Origin & History

"a mixture, medley," 1590s, from L. miscellanea "a writing on miscellaneous subjects," neut. pl. of miscellaneus (see miscellaneous).
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a collection of writings on various subjects. One of the first and best-known miscellanies in English was the collection of poems by various authors published by Richard Tottel in 1557. Thereafter the miscellany became a popular form of publication, and many more appeared in the next 50 years, including The Paradise of Dainty Devices (1576), The Phoenix Nest (1593), England's Parnassus (1600), and England's Helicon (1600).

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Example sentences
Instead, we've got a varied catalogue of interest-piquing miscellany on our hands.
The seat bottoms are provided with elastic straps to hold umbrellas and other miscellany.
Eventually the miscellany settles into an offbeat, abstract commentary on the preoccupation with material wealth and appearances.
Jest-books did not efface a kindred form of miscellany-books of riddles.
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