- A mixture: “[a] building crowned with a mélange of antennae and satellite dishes” (Howard Kaplan).
- Geology A metamorphic rock formation created from sediments and rocks scraped off the top of a downward-moving tectonic plate in a subduction zone.
Origin of melangeFrench, from Old French meslance, from mesler, to mix; see meddle.
- Alternative form of melange.
From French mÃ©lange, from Middle French mÃ©lange, meslange, from Old French meslance, meslinges (“set of diverse elements"), derived from mescler (“to mingle, mix up") (modern French mÃªler), from Vulgar Latin *misculÄre, from Latin misceÅ (“mix") + -inges, a suffix from Frankish *-ingo (“-ing"). More at mix, -ing.