One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A mixture of vegetables or fruit cut into small pieces and served as a salad.
mixture, blend, mingling, combination, compound, fusion, composition, concoction, brew, alloy, merger, union, amalgamation, amalgam, coalition, cross, hybridView synonyms
- ‘A macédoine is usually served cold but may be flambéed at room temperature with extra liquor.’
- ‘These carrots are used in macédoines, vegetable medleys, etc.’
- ‘Almost any cold cooked vegetables on hand may be used for a macédoine salad, and if care is taken in arrangement, they make a very attractive dish.’
- ‘Another worthy choice was the brace of quail: two whole birds, deboned and stuffed with a macédoine of corn, rice, onion and ground Tasso ham.’
2A medley or jumble.‘a macédoine of disjointed detail’
- ‘Whether her plats du jour were serious, light or a macédoine of flavourings, she approached them all with equal dedication, scholarship, insight and erudition.’
- ‘Lucette sings bagatelles about them and so is called ‘a macédoine of naïveté and cunning.’’
- ‘Ethel 'delighted in a life which was made up of a macédoine of governors, artists and writers'.’
French, literally ‘Macedonia’, with reference to the mixture of peoples in the Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great.
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