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Definition of "potpourri" [pot•pour•ri]

  • 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). (noun)
  • A miscellaneous anthology or collection: a potpourri of short stories and humorous verse. (noun)
  • A mixture of dried flower petals and spices used to scent the air. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "potpourri" in a sentence
  • "Right into the hands of what I refer to as the potpourri of global scum, Braun told"
  • "Wipe out with a damp paper towel, much easier than loose potpourri is to clean."
  • "Trivia note -- book D-292 under "potpourri" -- THE INSIDERS by Booth Mooney: Mooney wound up in Washington as an aide to LBJ and a lobbyist, but Robert E. Howard fans know him better as one of REH's youthful amateur-press associates in Texas in the '20s."