From French mélange, from Middle French mélange, meslange, from Old French meslance, meslinges (“set of diverse elements”), derived from mescler (“to mingle, mix up”) (modern French mêler), from Vulgar Latin *misculāre, from Latin misceō (“mix”) + -inges, a suffix from Frankish *-ingo (“-ing”). More at mix, -ing.
melange (plural melanges)
- A mixture of different things; a disordered mixture.
- The room was a melange of comic books and posters.
- A Viennese coffee speciality, half steamed milk and half coffee.
- (geology) A large-scale breccia formed in the accretionary wedge over a subductional environment.
- (collection of a variety of things): assortment, farrago, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, mingle-mangle, mishmash, mixture, omnium-gatherum, ragbag
- See also Thesaurus:hodgepodge