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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).]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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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
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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
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potpourri

noun
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Translations

potpourri

[pəʊˈpʊərɪ] N (potpourris (pl))
1. (= flowers) → flores fpl secas aromáticas, popurrí m
2. [of music, writing] → popurrí m
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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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

potpourri

n
(lit)Duftsträußchen nt
(fig: = mixture, medley) → (kunter)bunte Mischung; (of music)Potpourri nt
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
The Tasting Tea (which is what Holiday Potpourri was originally named) will feature new recipes and a sampling of recipes from Holiday Potpourris of the 1970s, 1980s, and 19905, as well as selections from the current Holiday Potpourri cookbook, Tastefully Done.
Curiously, though, the smallest segment, potpourris and sachets, has defied the overall economic environment, growing at a brisk 10.4% pace to $14.5 million during the 12 weeks ended April 18, according to SymphonyIRI Group Inc.
This will ensure the flowers retain their scent and bluish color when used in sachets or potpourris.
"We're also developing home fragrances with potpourris and sprays so customers can decorate their homes with fragrances.
The Waltz King, Johann Strauss, Jr., composed a number of stage works in addition to his formidable dance output, and it was not uncommon for these stage musicals to be arranged in concert patchworks or potpourris. They featured bits and pieces from the larger works, each lasting 10 to 20 minutes or so, and they helped whet the public's appetite for the real thing.