Definition of miscellaneous in English:

miscellaneous

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘Photographs of celebrations, family gatherings, and miscellaneous snapshots predominate the piece.’
    • ‘Place car care items and miscellaneous items on shelves in clearly labeled boxes or bins.’
    • ‘There were cut out newspaper articles about hockey and other miscellaneous pieces of paper.’
    • ‘Paula pays for her books and miscellaneous expenses from summer employment savings.’
    • ‘I'm buried under stacks of papers, miscellaneous missives, and mementos.’
    • ‘Part 6 provides for transitional and miscellaneous provisions, repeals, and amendments.’
    • ‘You make your way through the game finding keys, weapons, and miscellaneous stuff as you go.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this drawer he held knick-knacks, souvenirs, and other miscellaneous items.’
    • ‘How exactly do you let your travel agent know that you want to see part of the countryside with miscellaneous stops at points unknown?’
    • ‘Her white desk was cluttered with more stuffed animals, miscellaneous papers and schoolbooks.’
    • ‘Usually a few would fall, accompanied by miscellaneous schoolbag objects like pens and papers.’
    • ‘But I have miscellaneous other things to prepare for over the next couple of days, which I can't discuss at the moment.’
    • ‘I stopped, glared at the stupid cassette, disgusted, and threw it down on my desk on top of some miscellaneous papers.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘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 final selection of four papers explores an even more miscellaneous assortment of problems.’
      • ‘Here, at last, among the miscellaneous accumulation of the family's past, I struck gold.’
      • ‘It would seem that these results were obtained in a miscellaneous group of volunteers, dominated by 36 women.’
      • ‘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.’
      mixed, assorted, variegated, diversified, composite, heterogeneous
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Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

miscellaneous

/ˌmɪsəˈleɪnɪəs/