potpourri

The noun potpourri can refer to a mixture or collection of seemingly unrelated items, an unusual assortment. You may own a potpourri of books — from classic literature to trashy novels and from Shakespeare's plays to comic books.

The noun potpourri often refers to a scented mixture of spices and dried flowers that is usually kept in a decorative bowl or jar and used to perfume a room. What's interesting is that the name for this attractively fragrant mixture comes from the French phrase pot pourri, which literally means "rotten pot." The phrase was used to describe a stew. Clearly, some things translate better than others.

Definitions of potpourri
  1. noun
    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
    synonyms: assortment, medley, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety
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    grab bag
    an assortment of miscellaneous items
    witch's brew, witches' brew, witches' broth
    a fearsome mixture
    range
    a variety of different things or activities
    selection
    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
    sampler
    an assortment of various samples
    band
    a range of frequencies between two limits
    type of:
    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  2. noun
    a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
    synonyms: medley, pastiche
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    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
  3. noun
    a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume
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    type of:
    essence, perfume
    a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
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