[ mis-uh-ley-nee; British mi-sel-uh-nee ]
/ ˈmɪs əˌleɪ ni; British mɪˈsɛl ə ni /

noun, plural mis·cel·la·nies.

a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items.
a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors, dealing with various topics, assembled in a volume or book.
miscellanies, a miscellaneous collection of articles or entries, as in a book.

Nearby words

  1. miscegenate,
  2. miscegenation,
  3. miscellanea,
  4. miscellaneous,
  5. miscellanist,
  6. misch metal,
  7. mischance,
  8. mischanter,
  9. mischief,
  10. mischief night

Origin of miscellany

First recorded in 1590–1600; Anglicized variant of miscellanea

SYNONYMS FOR miscellany
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British Dictionary definitions for miscellanies


/ (mɪˈsɛlənɪ, US ˈmɪsəˌleɪnɪ) /

noun plural -nies

a mixed assortment of items
(sometimes plural) a miscellaneous collection of essays, poems, etc, by different authors in one volume

Word Origin for miscellany

C16: from French miscellanées (pl) miscellanea

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Word Origin and History for miscellanies



"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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