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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
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425 Unabridged
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  • If, successful, pour it into a mould; if not, pour it into the melting pot.

  • What is left is simply a lot of dirty combs fit only for the melting pot.

    Bee Hunting John Ready Lockard
  • Of course, some will urge that this country is still a melting pot.

    Over Here Hector MacQuarrie
  • So his whole strength was flung into the melting pot of achievement.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • The melting pot of a nation is not a thing of cities, but of the human soul.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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