noun (plural -nies) Etymology: probably modification of French miscellanées, plural, from Latin miscellanea Date: 1615 1. a. plural separate writings collected in one volume b. a collection of writings on various subjects 2. a mixture of various things

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  • Miscellany — Mis cel*la*ny, n.; pl. {Miscellanies}. [L. miscellanea, neut. pl. of. miscellaneus: cf. F. miscellan[ e]e, pl. miscellan[ e]es. See {Miscellaneous}.] A mass or mixture of various things; a medley; esp., a collection of compositions on various… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Miscellany — Mis cel*la*ny (m[i^]s s[e^]l*l[asl]*n[y^]), a. Miscellaneous; heterogeneous. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • miscellany — index assemblage, compilation, conglomeration, diversity, melange Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • miscellany — (n.) a mixture, medley, 1590s, from L. miscellanea a writing on miscellaneous subjects, originally meat hash, hodge podge (food for gladiators), neuter plural of miscellaneus (see MISCELLANEOUS (Cf. miscellaneous)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • miscellany — [n] varied collection accumulation, aggregation, anthology, assortment, brew, collectanea, combination, combo, compilation, conglomeration, cumulation, diversity, farrago, gallimaufry, garbage*, hash, hodgepodge, jumble, medley, mélange, melee,… …   New thesaurus

  • miscellany — ► NOUN (pl. miscellanies) ▪ a collection of different things; a mixture …   English terms dictionary

  • miscellany — [mis′ə lā΄nē; ] Brit [ mi sel′ə nē] n. pl. miscellanies [< Fr miscellanées, pl. < L miscellanea, neut. pl. of miscellaneus: see MISCELLANEOUS] 1. a miscellaneous collection, esp. of literary works 2. [often pl.] such a collection of… …   English World dictionary

  • miscellany — [[t]mɪse̱ləni, AM mɪ̱səleɪni[/t]] miscellanies N COUNT: oft N of n A miscellany of things is a collection or group of many different kinds of things. [WRITTEN] ...glass cases filled with a miscellany of objects... The top drawer held a miscellany …   English dictionary

  • miscellany — mis|cel|la|ny [mıˈseləni US ˈmısıleıni] n plural miscellanies [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: miscellanées (plural), from Latin miscellaneus; MISCELLANEOUS] a group of different things miscellany of ▪ He earned his living from a miscellany of …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • miscellany — UK [mɪˈselənɪ] / US [ˈmɪsəˌleɪnɪ] noun [countable] Word forms miscellany : singular miscellany plural miscellanies formal a) a collection of things of various kinds b) a book containing short pieces written by different people …   English dictionary

  • miscellany — /mis euh lay nee/; Brit. /mi sel euh nee/, n., pl. miscellanies. 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… …   Universalium

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