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[mis-uh-ley-nee; British mi-sel-uh-nee]
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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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Examples from the Web for miscellany

Historical Examples

  • Dr. Rajendralal Mitra used to edit an illustrated monthly miscellany.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • Instead there were two other choices, a lot 313 and a miscellany steak.

    Mezzerow Loves Company

    Floyd L. Wallace

  • The other type of publications, alluded to, is the miscellany.

  • Richardson had printed the Miscellany between 1733 and 1736.

  • The Miscellany Observations, appear to have been written after the trials.

British Dictionary definitions for 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 miscellany


"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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