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 stopped, glared at the stupid cassette, disgusted, and threw it down on my desk on top of some miscellaneous papers.’
    • ‘You make your way through the game finding keys, weapons, and miscellaneous stuff as you go.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How exactly do you let your travel agent know that you want to see part of the countryside with miscellaneous stops at points unknown?’
    • ‘Part 6 provides for transitional and miscellaneous provisions, repeals, and amendments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her white desk was cluttered with more stuffed animals, miscellaneous papers and schoolbooks.’
    • ‘I'm buried under stacks of papers, miscellaneous missives, and mementos.’
    • ‘Usually a few would fall, accompanied by miscellaneous schoolbag objects like pens and papers.’
    • ‘Place car care items and miscellaneous items on shelves in clearly labeled boxes or bins.’
    • ‘To qualify, your combined miscellaneous business deductions must exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income.’
    • ‘I picked up the miscellaneous junk that lay sprawled on the bed and dumped it into the black cloth.’
    • ‘There were cut out newspaper articles about hockey and other miscellaneous pieces of paper.’
    • ‘Photographs of celebrations, family gatherings, and miscellaneous snapshots predominate the piece.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A window is open with a box of miscellaneous junk strewn outside.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tradesmen in the towns also sold a miscellaneous collection of manufactured goods, which they imported from English and Scottish towns.’
      • ‘The second line of criticism might be raised by a rather more miscellaneous group of critics.’
      • ‘The final selection of four papers explores an even more miscellaneous assortment of problems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A miscellaneous group of politicians and journalists found a haven in their mansion by the Thames.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’.