A bowl of potpourri
An example of potpourri is dried rose petals mixed with cinnamon sticks and dried orange peels blended in a bowl in a restroom.
- Obs. a stew
- a mixture of dried flower petals with spices, kept as in a jar for its fragrance
- a medley, miscellany, or anthology
Origin of potpourriFrench from pot, pot + pourri, past participle of pourrir, to rot, translated, translation of Spanish olla podrida: see olla-podrida
- A combination of incongruous things: “In the minds of many, the real and imagined causes for Russia's defeats quickly mingled into a potpourri of terrible fears” ( W. Bruce Lincoln )
- A miscellaneous anthology or collection: a potpourri of short stories and humorous verse.
- A mixture of dried flower petals and spices used to scent the air.
Origin of potpourriFrench pot pourri ( translation of Spanish olla podrida ) pot pot ; see potiche . pourri past participle of pourrir to rot ( from Old French purir ) ( from Vulgar Latin putrīre ) ( from Latin putrēscere ; see putrid . )