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[mis-uh-ley-nee; British mi-sel-uh-nee] /ˈmɪs əˌleɪ ni; British mɪˈsɛl ə ni/
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.
Origin of miscellany
1590-1600; Anglicized variant of miscellanea
2. anthology. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Carriage miscellany a man whose business was to drive a carriage was a coachman.
British Dictionary definitions for miscellany


/mɪˈsɛlənɪ; US ˈmɪsəˌleɪnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
a mixed assortment of items
(sometimes pl) a miscellaneous collection of essays, poems, etc, by different authors in one volume
Word Origin
C16: from French miscellanées (pl) miscellanea
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Word Origin and History for miscellany

"a mixture, medley," 1590s, from Latin miscellanea "a writing on miscellaneous subjects," originally "meat hash, hodge-podge" (food for gladiators), neuter plural of miscellaneus (see miscellaneous).

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