Potpourri meaning

pōpo͝o-rē
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Potpourri is dried flower petals and spices mixed together and used to make a room smell nice.

An example of potpourri is dried rose petals mixed with cinnamon sticks and dried orange peels blended in a bowl in a restroom.

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A combination of incongruous things.
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A miscellaneous anthology or collection.

A potpourri of short stories and humorous verse.

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A mixture of dried flower petals and spices used to scent the air.
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(obs.) A stew.
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A mixture of dried flower petals with spices, kept as in a jar for its fragrance.
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A medley, miscellany, or anthology.
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A collection of various things; an assortment, mixed bag or motley.
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(music) A medley of songs or music.
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Origin of potpourri

  • French pot pourri (translation of Spanish olla podrida) pot pot potiche pourri past participle of pourrir to rot (from Old French purir) (from Vulgar Latin putrīre) (from Latin putrēscere putrid)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French pot pourri, meaning "rotten pot", itself from Spanish olla podrida, same meaning and name of a stew.

    From Wiktionary