melting pot

A melting pot is a metaphor for a society where many different types of people blend together as one. America is often called a melting pot.

Some countries are made of people who are almost all the same in terms of race, religion, and culture. Then there are places like the United States, where there are many different types of people. A place like that is a melting pot, because the people — despite their differences — manage to coexist and live together as one nation. Anywhere diverse people are assimilated could be called a melting pot. In a melting pot, differences become less important than unity.

Definitions of melting pot
  1. noun
    an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
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    environment, environs, surround, surroundings
    the area in which something exists or lives
  2. noun
    a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions
    synonyms: crucible
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    type of:
    vessel
    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
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