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melting pot

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noun
  1. a pot in which metals or other substances are melted or fused.
  2. a country, locality, or situation in which cultural assimilation results in blending the heritage and traditions of previously distinct ethnic groups.
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Origin of melting pot

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
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Examples from the Web for melting pot

Historical Examples

  • In some ways it is a melting-pot on a larger scale than New York even.

    The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • "They talk about the melting-pot," said Jeff rather helplessly.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • All the old hard-and-fast traditions and drags on life are in the melting-pot.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • That better market may be the melting-pot or it may be a foreign country.

  • Then you hold your tongue, and keep the melting-pot ready, and that's all you'll have to do.'


British Dictionary definitions for melting pot

melting pot

noun
  1. a pot in which metals or other substances are melted, esp in order to mix them
  2. an area in which many races, ideas, etc, are mixed
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melting pot in Culture

melting pot

A term expressing the view that immigrants to the United States have been fused or melted into a single people.

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