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melting pot

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.
Origin of melting pot
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425
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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

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 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.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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