Hotchpotch
Hotchpot Hotch"pot`, Hotchpotch Hotch"potch`, n. [F. hochepot, fr. hocher to shake + pot pot; both of Dutch or German origin; cf. OD. hutspot hotchpotch, D. hotsen, hutsen, to shake. See {Hustle}, and {Pot}, and cf. {Hodgepodge}.] 1. A mingled mass; a confused mixture; a stew of various ingredients; a hodgepodge. [1913 Webster]

A mixture or hotchpotch of many tastes. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A blending of property for equality of division, as when lands given in frank-marriage to one daughter were, after the death of the ancestor, blended with the lands descending to her and to her sisters from the same ancestor, and then divided in equal portions among all the daughters. In modern usage, a mixing together, or throwing into a common mass or stock, of the estate left by a person deceased and the amounts advanced to any particular child or children, for the purpose of a more equal division, or of equalizing the shares of all the children; the property advanced being accounted for at its value when given. --Bouvier. Tomlins. [1913 Webster]

Note: This term has been applied in cases of salvage. Story. It corresponds in a measure with collation in the civil and Scotch law. See {Collation}. --Bouvier. Tomlins. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hotchpotch — [15] Hotchpotch is an alteration (for the sake of the rhyme) of an earlier hotchpot. This was borrowed from an Old French compound made up of hocher ‘shake’ (perhaps from Frankish hottisōn) and pot ‘pot’. So originally the word meant literally… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • hotchpotch — [15] Hotchpotch is an alteration (for the sake of the rhyme) of an earlier hotchpot. This was borrowed from an Old French compound made up of hocher ‘shake’ (perhaps from Frankish hottisōn) and pot ‘pot’. So originally the word meant literally… …   Word origins

  • hotchpotch — noun Etymology: Middle English hochepot, from Anglo French, from hocher to shake + pot pot Date: 1583 1. a. a thick soup or stew of vegetables, potatoes, and usually meat b. hodgepodge 2. hotchpot …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hotchpotch — /hoch poch /, n. 1. a thick soup or stew of vegetables or meat, often thickened with barley. 2. Brit. hodgepodge. 3. Law. a hotchpot. [1350 1400; ME hoche poche, rhyming var. of HOTCHPOT] * * * …   Universalium

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