Miscellany is a collection of different sorts of things. If organization is not one of your strong points, your purse may contain a miscellany of surprising items.

Miscellany comes from the Latin for "mix," and a miscellany is a mixture of things. If you don't clean your car out very often, there may be a miscellany of relics in the backseat: a flip flop left over from your last trip to the beach, a few stale French fries, your last report card, and maybe a magazine or two.

Definitions of miscellany
  1. noun
    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
    synonyms: assortment, medley, miscellanea, mixed bag, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety
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    grab bag
    an assortment of miscellaneous items
    witch's brew, witches' brew, witches' broth
    a fearsome mixture
    a variety of different things or activities
    an assortment of things from which a choice can be made
    farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag
    a motley assortment of things
    alphabet soup
    a confusing assortment
    an assortment of various samples
    a range of frequencies between two limits
    type of:
    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  2. noun
    an anthology of short literary pieces and poems and ballads etc.
    synonyms: florilegium, garland
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    type of:
    a collection of selected literary passages
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