Definition of miscellaneous in English:



  • 1(of items or people gathered or considered together) of various types or from different sources.

    ‘he picked up the miscellaneous papers in his in tray’
    • ‘I picked up the miscellaneous junk that lay sprawled on the bed and dumped it into the black cloth.’
    • ‘I'm buried under stacks of papers, miscellaneous missives, and mementos.’
    • ‘You make your way through the game finding keys, weapons, and miscellaneous stuff as you go.’
    • ‘In this drawer he held knick-knacks, souvenirs, and other miscellaneous items.’
    • ‘Items found in the master bathroom included a laptop computer found inside a locked closet, a digital camera found by a sink and miscellaneous papers.’
    • ‘Usually a few would fall, accompanied by miscellaneous schoolbag objects like pens and papers.’
    • ‘There were cut out newspaper articles about hockey and other miscellaneous pieces of paper.’
    • ‘Place car care items and miscellaneous items on shelves in clearly labeled boxes or bins.’
    • ‘A window is open with a box of miscellaneous junk strewn outside.’
    • ‘I trust that you're not too upset by this continuing state of affairs, and are managing to take your mind off it with other miscellaneous pursuits.’
    • ‘I assume that the hospitals in China are still run by the state because there are a lot of miscellaneous fees you have to pay if you want to get treated.’
    • ‘On the table in which he was working on, there was a huge jar of pickles along with a neat pile of papers, books and miscellaneous pens and mechanical pencils.’
    • ‘Paula pays for her books and miscellaneous expenses from summer employment savings.’
    • ‘But I have miscellaneous other things to prepare for over the next couple of days, which I can't discuss at the moment.’
    • ‘Her white desk was cluttered with more stuffed animals, miscellaneous papers and schoolbooks.’
    • ‘Part 6 provides for transitional and miscellaneous provisions, repeals, and amendments.’
    • ‘Photographs of celebrations, family gatherings, and miscellaneous snapshots predominate the piece.’
    • ‘To qualify, your combined miscellaneous business deductions must exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income.’
    • ‘I stopped, glared at the stupid cassette, disgusted, and threw it down on my desk on top of some miscellaneous papers.’
    • ‘How exactly do you let your travel agent know that you want to see part of the countryside with miscellaneous stops at points unknown?’
    various, varied, different, assorted, mixed, diverse, disparate, sundry, many and different, variegated, diversified, motley, multifarious, jumbled, confused, indiscriminate, heterogeneous
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    1. 1.1 (of a collection or group) composed of members or elements of different kinds.
      ‘a miscellaneous collection of well-known ne'er-do-wells’
      • ‘A miscellaneous group of politicians and journalists found a haven in their mansion by the Thames.’
      • ‘The second line of criticism might be raised by a rather more miscellaneous group of critics.’
      • ‘Tradesmen in the towns also sold a miscellaneous collection of manufactured goods, which they imported from English and Scottish towns.’
      • ‘It would seem that these results were obtained in a miscellaneous group of volunteers, dominated by 36 women.’
      • ‘Here, at last, among the miscellaneous accumulation of the family's past, I struck gold.’
      • ‘There is also a miscellaneous group of works that have some characteristics of this type of sampler, but cannot be easily placed in one group or another.’
      • ‘The earliest zoos were miscellaneous private collections of animals for curiosity rather than scientific study.’
      • ‘The collection is miscellaneous in the sense that the pieces were prompted by different occasions and treat different topics.’
      • ‘The final selection of four papers explores an even more miscellaneous assortment of problems.’
      mixed, assorted, variegated, diversified, composite, heterogeneous
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Early 17th century: from Latin miscellaneus (from miscellus ‘mixed’, from miscere ‘to mix’) + -ous. In earlier use the word also described a person as ‘having various qualities’.