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pot·pour·ri

 (pō′po͝o-rē′)
n. pl. pot·pour·ris
1. 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).
2. A miscellaneous anthology or collection: a potpourri of short stories and humorous verse.
3. A mixture of dried flower petals and spices used to scent the air.

[French 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).]

potpourri

(ˌpəʊˈpʊərɪ)
n, pl -ris
1. a collection of mixed flower petals dried and preserved in a pot to scent the air
2. a collection of unrelated or disparate items; miscellany
3. (Music, other) a medley of popular tunes
4. (Cookery) a stew of meat and vegetables
[C18: from French, literally: rotten pot, translation of Spanish olla podrida miscellany]

pot•pour•ri

(ˌpoʊ pʊˈri, ˈpoʊ pʊˌri)

n., pl. -ris.
1. a fragrant mixture of dried flower petals and spices, usu. kept in a jar.
2. any miscellaneous grouping; medley.
[1605–15; < French: literally, rotten pot, translation of Sp olla podrida olla podrida; see pot1, putrid]

Potpourri

 a medley or collection of musical or literary extracts; a dish of different meats stewed together, 1611; a medley.
Examples: potpourri of meat, 1611; of flower perfumes, 1749; of literary pieces, 1864; of musical pieces, 1864; of sounds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potpourri - a collection containing a variety of sorts of thingspotpourri - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
grab bag - an assortment of miscellaneous items
witches' brew, witches' broth, witch's brew - a fearsome mixture; "a witches' brew of gangsters and terrorists"; "mixing dope and alcohol creates a witches' brew"
range - a variety of different things or activities; "he answered a range of questions"; "he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"
selection - an assortment of things from which a choice can be made; "the store carried a large selection of shoes"
alphabet soup - a confusing assortment; "Roosevelt created an alphabet soup of federal agencies"
sampler - an assortment of various samples; "a candy sampler"; "a sampler of French poets"
2.potpourri - a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
3.potpourri - a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume
perfume, essence - a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor

potpourri

noun mixture, collection, combination, patchwork, medley, motley, pastiche, mixed bag (informal), mélange (French), miscellany, hotchpotch, salmagundi, gallimaufry a potpourri of architectural style from all over the world

potpourri

noun
Translations

potpourri

[pəʊˈpʊərɪ] N (potpourris (pl))
1. (= flowers) → flores fpl secas aromáticas, popurrí m
2. [of music, writing] → popurrí m

potpourri

pot pourri [ˌpəʊˈpʊri] n
[flowers] → pot-pourri m
(= miscellany) → pot-pourri mpot roast nrôti m en cocottepot scourer ntampon m à récurerpot shot pot-shot, potshot [ˈpɒtʃɒt] n
(with gun) to take a potshot at sb/sth → tirer au jugé sur qn/qch
(criticism) to take a potshot at sb → lancer une pique à qn
to take a potshot at sth → railler qch

potpourri

n
(lit)Duftsträußchen nt
(fig: = mixture, medley) → (kunter)bunte Mischung; (of music)Potpourri nt

potpourri

[ˌpəʊˈpʊriː] n
a. (flowers) miscuglio di petali essiccati per profumare un ambiente
b. (fig) (of music, writing) → pot-pourri m inv
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Most of his poems, other than certain political satire, which drew on him the Emperor's wrath, are full of subtle sadness and fragrant regret, reminding one of pot-pourri in some deep blue porcelain bowl.
She could trim a hat, make molasses candy, recite "Curfew shall not ring to-night," and play "The Lost Chord" and a pot-pourri from "Carmen.
And, Cecily, thank you ever so much for that little bag of pot-pourri.
tmc090312move) * BLOOMING GOOD: The delights of pot-pourri - especially in spring - were the subject of Mrs Marjorie Wilson's talk to the 30th annual dinner of the Huddersfield Flower Club.
15am with the show's trademark pot-pourri of pot-pourri of acts you've actually heard of and a whole bunch of people you'll have to pretend to have heard of.
Apart from the main article on the Jewish community of each nation, there are also, usually, several others about that community, often of a fascinating but offbeat nature, and rather pot-pourri.
November 19 and 26, 11 days from pounds 1,429 INDIA, a unique country and civilisation, is a mind-boggling pot-pourri of sights, sounds, colours and experiences as well as a culture-shock of astonishing contrasts.
Kids like to take them home and use them for art projects and other creative activities, while many of the adults use them to make pot-pourri.
Even now, the air is sweetened when the lid is lifted on the tin of pot-pourri, once sniffed in the bedrooms of giggling sisters and now savoured by Robin Riley, who exclaims delight at each image before him.
Instead, get some old pot-pourri and add drops of scented oil such as lavender, rose or vanilla.
Many people simply open their window to get rid of unwanted smells, while for those who want a sweeter-smelling home, but don't like a pot-pourri effect, odour eliminator products such as Oust are picking up share.