Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Melange

mé·lange noun \mā-ˈläⁿzh, -ˈlänj\ : a mixture often of incongruous elements


a mélange of colors and shapes
a mélange of architectural styles

"In an age exploding with intellectual energy, Athens is the core which attracts new ideas, philosophies and inventions. This is one of the main reasons why so many metics abandon their native cities and come to Athens. New concepts might develop elsewhere in the Mediterranean basin, but, like their inventors, they often end up in Athens to be debated and folded up into the melange of ideas that make up the 5th-century intellectual revolution."

(Philip Matyszak, "Ancient Athens on 5 drachmas a day")


French, from Middle French, from mesler, meler to mix

First Known Use: 1653
Tags: french, m, noun, wordsmith: med_cat

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