- 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 word dating back to 1375–1425
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Examples from the Web for melting pot
In some ways it is a melting-pot on a larger scale than New York even.The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie
"They talk about the melting-pot," said Jeff rather helplessly.The Prisoner
All the old hard-and-fast traditions and drags on life are in the melting-pot.Saint's Progress
That better market may be the melting-pot or it may be a foreign country.The Principles of Economics
Frank A. Fetter
Then you hold your tongue, and keep the melting-pot ready, and that's all you'll have to do.'Oliver Twist, Illustrated
- 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
A term expressing the view that immigrants to the United States have been fused or melted into a single people.
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