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miscellany

[mis-uh-ley-nee; British mi-sel-uh-nee]
noun, plural mis·cel·la·nies.
  1. a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items.
  2. a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors, dealing with various topics, assembled in a volume or book.
  3. miscellanies, a miscellaneous collection of articles or entries, as in a book.
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Origin of miscellany

First recorded in 1590–1600; Anglicized variant of miscellanea

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British Dictionary definitions for miscellanies

miscellany

noun plural -nies
  1. a mixed assortment of items
  2. (sometimes plural) a miscellaneous collection of essays, poems, etc, by different authors in one volume
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Word Origin

C16: from French miscellanées (pl) miscellanea
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Word Origin and History for miscellanies

miscellany

n.

"a mixture, medley," 1590s, from Latin miscellanea "a writing on miscellaneous subjects," originally "meat hash, hodge-podge" (food for gladiators), neuter plural of miscellaneus (see miscellaneous).

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