consisting of members or elements of different kinds; of mixed character: a book of miscellaneous essays on American history.
having various qualities, aspects, or subjects: a miscellaneous discussion.

Origin of miscellaneous

1630–40; < Latin miscellāneus mixed, of all sorts, equivalent to miscell(us) mixed + -ān(us) -an + -eus -eous
Related formsmis·cel·la·ne·ous·ly, adverbmis·cel·la·ne·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for miscellaneous

1. divers, varied, heterogeneous, diversified. Miscellaneous, indiscriminate, promiscuous refer to mixture and lack of order, and may imply lack of discernment or taste. Miscellaneous emphasizes the idea of the mixture of things of different kinds or natures: a miscellaneous assortment of furniture. Indiscriminate emphasizes lack of discrimination in choice (and consequent confusion): indiscriminate praise. Promiscuous is even stronger than indiscriminate in its emphasis of complete absence of discrimination: promiscuous in his friendships.
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Contemporary Examples of miscellaneous

Historical Examples of miscellaneous

  • Above these were eight levels of Food, Clothing and Miscellaneous industries.

  • But these miscellaneous and figurative forces are not what we are considering.

  • Keep the room clean and free of miscellaneous tools and rubbish.

  • They are uncouth figures, with vague legends and miscellaneous attributes.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Oh man, man, what an eye for miscellaneous beauty is that with which your sex is gifted!


    Henry Morford

British Dictionary definitions for miscellaneous



composed of or containing a variety of things; mixed; varied
having varied capabilities, sides, etc
Derived Formsmiscellaneously, adverbmiscellaneousness, noun

Word Origin for miscellaneous

C17: from Latin miscellāneus, from miscellus mixed, from miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for miscellaneous

1630s, from Latin miscellaneus "mixed, miscellaneous," from miscellus "mixed," from miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)). Related: Miscellaneously.

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