Definition of mixed in US English:

mixed

adjective

  • 1Consisting of different qualities or elements.

    ‘a varied, mixed diet’
    ‘beaches with mixed sand and shingle’
    • ‘The site is being touted for mixed residential and commercial use.’
    • ‘Of mixed quality and sometimes dubious authenticity, it is still useful for getting definitions of new and unusual terms.’
    • ‘The company plans to convert the hotel into a mixed commercial and residential scheme.’
    • ‘And you need a mixed diet of stories to be emotionally literate.’
    • ‘The relevant studies were of fair to good quality but showed mixed results.’
    • ‘Mr Mumford said the council was seeking to achieve high quality, new and refurbished office space as part of mixed retail/residential led projects.’
    • ‘Controlled trials of physical-activity counseling in adult primary care patients were of variable quality and had mixed results.’
    • ‘There was generally a good but mixed standard within the residential areas, with some estates practically litter free.’
    • ‘Most people maintain health and adequate protein intake from a mixed, varied diet.’
    • ‘The proposed site consists of a trading estate, made up of a mixed quality of industrial buildings, many of which are empty.’
    • ‘The local community council in what is a mixed residential district however is not as enamoured.’
    • ‘Over the past number of years the parade has been of mixed quality with varying degrees of participation from all sectors.’
    • ‘Feeding trials conducted on captive premigratory birds fed fruit and insects ad libitum have shown that gain in body mass is highest on a mixed diet of fruit and insects.’
    • ‘Even though recruiting goals for the active force were met in 2000, there have been some mixed signals regarding the quality of the recruits.’
    • ‘In the mixed commercial and residential areas the heavy masonry arches mark the openings in the building that also double up for shop-windows.’
    • ‘Rather, it is a coffee table book of mixed quality.’
    • ‘Although one study found a significant difference between a mixed Western diet and a vegetarian diet, overall there appear to be relatively few trends.’
    • ‘They wanted a mix of different sites and that one was outside a station so it would give a different picture than something in a mixed residential area for example.’
    • ‘There is anecdotal evidence that local advice is of mixed quality.’
    • ‘The brief suggested the site should be of mixed use with residential, office, light industrial, small-scale retail, leisure, arts and tourism.’
    assorted, varied, variegated, miscellaneous, different, differing, disparate, diverse, diversified, motley, sundry, jumbled, haphazard, heterogeneous
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    1. 1.1 (of an assessment of, reaction to, or feeling about something) containing a mixture of both favorable and negative elements.
      ‘the movie opened last Friday to mixed reviews’
      ‘I had mixed feelings about seeing Laura again’
      • ‘The pair returned from a 1000 km awareness-raising bike ride between Beijing and Shanghai with decidedly mixed feelings.’
      • ‘And how are soldiers dealing with the mixed feelings that they have about being there right now?’
      • ‘Jamaicans have greeted this news with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘That moment outside the theatre stirred my already mixed feelings about reviewing Canadian movies.’
      • ‘He looks back on the experience with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘However, the predictive validity of suicide assessments has received mixed reviews.’
      • ‘I was having a lot of mixed feelings about going back.’
      • ‘And despite the mixed reaction and reviews, his restructuring efforts drew keen attention both at home and abroad.’
      • ‘There were mixed reports on the quality of trout fishing over the weekend, some anglers having 4 to 6 trout for a day while others found it hard to get even one fish.’
      • ‘The news had been met with mixed feelings at the station, where staff would be cut from 52 to 28, not including the station commander.’
      • ‘And so overall one comes away with mixed feelings about this production.’
      • ‘Stories such as this leave me with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘But I can tell you that there's a lot of mixed feelings.’
      • ‘They flew home on New Year's Eve, with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘This got a mixed reaction, more negative than positive from the crowd.’
      • ‘The New Year is often greeted with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘United fans received the statement with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘He has already helped us to fall in love, improve our lives by reading Proust, console ourselves with philosophy and get over our mixed feelings about going on holiday.’
      • ‘We all instinctively feel that to lose our memory is to lose ourselves, a prospect that stirs audiences with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘In the darkness, she's forced to face her own mixed feelings about death’
      ambivalent, equivocal, unsure, uncertain, doubtful, contradictory, conflicting, confused, muddled
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    2. 1.2 Composed of different varieties of the same thing.
      ‘crab on a bed of mixed greens’
      • ‘After weeks of eating strange food combinations so I could clear out my cupboards and freezer I finally got to the final three cans - mixed bean salad, mandarin segments and a jar of custard.’
      • ‘I will probably deep fry some to put on mixed greens.’
      • ‘It comes with a nice mixed greens salad on the side.’
      • ‘The side dish the day I visited was a simple mixed olive salad, a mélange of black and green olives with spicy oil.’
      • ‘In place of kidney beans, I buy a can of mixed beans (for variety in colour and taste).’
      • ‘Entrées come with mixed greens, soup, nachos or pasta salad.’
      • ‘Dress some mixed salad leaves with a little olive oil and lemon juice, season with Maldon salt and place on top of the crab.’
      • ‘The steeper slopes and cliffs of Augill support a mixed woodland of ash, birch and rowan with an interesting ground flora including species such as bluebell, sanicle and wood avens.’
      • ‘The seafood was accompanied by a large mixed salad that the waiter had chosen for us.’
      • ‘There were cold meats of every kind, huge bowls of mixed salads, large desserts, trifles, jellies tarts and mince pies, and also some very interesting looking hors d' oeuvres.’
      • ‘The canned mixed beans in this salad are sometimes sold as a ‘bean salad in water’.’
      • ‘At this point the aroma of spaghetti Bolognese and freshly cut bread as well as spicy Thai mixed seafood salads with larb-pork stuffed into cool cucumber shells mingled in the air.’
      • ‘They grow among grass and moss in mixed woodlands, but they seem to have a special affinity with silver birch.’
      • ‘There's antipasti too: of minestrone soup, meat or cheese platters or a mixed seafood salad (with prices up to £5.25).’
      • ‘The Warbling Vireo's typical habitat is open deciduous or shrubby mixed woodlands, especially where large trees are present.’
      • ‘There's a nice serve-yourself salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, cabbage, carrot and cauliflower, accompanied by creamy dressing.’
      • ‘There is a good range of varieties including several mixed colour types.’
      • ‘Two large wedges of cheese nestled among a salad of mixed leaves on a tangy raspberry sauce.’
      • ‘I tried a ribeye steak with mixed vegetables and salad and chicken satay on white rice.’
      • ‘As for shopping, they do not want huge department stores but a mixed variety of smaller specialist shops and restaurants.’
      hybrid, half-caste, half-breed, cross-breed, cross-bred, interbred, mongrel, impure
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    3. 1.3 (especially of an educational establishment or a sports team or competition) of or for members of both sexes.
      ‘the college's mixed hockey team’
      • ‘There is also a new mixed team event this season running concurrently with the Yorkshire Cup.’
      • ‘The sport combines basketball and football, and is played with a volleyball in mixed sex teams of four.’
      • ‘It is suited to boys and girls, with mixed teams taking part.’
      • ‘He plays in the men's first team and mixed team.’
      • ‘Girls and boys play in mixed teams until the age of twelve.’
      • ‘Well we're competing against the women's division too and won, and also we're competing against mixed teams.’
      • ‘She also achieved a silver medal in the mixed team randori.’
      • ‘Competition is for women's, men's and mixed teams, while there is also a need for managers, coaches, graded umpires and support staff.’
      • ‘Each school could enter a maximum of two mixed teams and the school only wanted an attendance, regardless of the results.’
      • ‘Anyways, the juniors and seniors at our high school have mixed grade, co-ed gym classes.’
      • ‘I believe it is the only sport designed for mixed teams.’
      • ‘The format is open two bowl triples - i.e. men's, women's or mixed teams.’
      • ‘My friends know better than to ask me to fill in for mixed sports teams when they are short a girl, although I still sometimes get called up as a last resort.’
      • ‘On opening day, 14 teams were organized - three women teams, four men teams and seven mixed teams.’
      • ‘How do you normally compete, are they men against men, women against women, or are there now mixed competitions?’
      • ‘Well who's got the most to gain or to lose from playing this mixed competition?’
      • ‘Our mixed team of male and female paddlers had spent countless hours slogging up and down Hahn's Inlet in the cold and rain in preparation for this event.’
      • ‘The competition was for mixed teams and meant that each side had to have at least two girls in their starting line-up.’
      • ‘In the University Parks, they were playing games I didn't know existed when I was young: lacrosse with mixed teams, indeed!’
      • ‘Under this policy, instruction in mixed mode is strongly discouraged.’
    4. 1.4 Involving or showing a mixture of races or social classes.
      ‘people of mixed race’
      • ‘The other offender has been described as of mixed race, possibly Asian, 5ft 8ins tall, with a slim build and gaunt features.’
      • ‘The spokeswoman was responding to a question about the ambiguous descriptions of the offenders, which have ranged from mixed race to white or Afro-Caribbean.’
      • ‘Detectives were last night appealing for information to help trace the alleged attacker, who is of mixed race, in his early 20s, and about 5ft 7in.’
      • ‘She was a mixed race foster child struggling to find herself in a place where her distinctive look - her darker skin and tight curly hair - was never reflected back at her.’
      • ‘One son is a white boxer, the other a stand-up comedian of mixed race.’
      • ‘The second offender was of around 13 to 16 years old of mixed race, 5ft 2in to 5ft 4in and had short dark hair.’
      • ‘It is vital they get to grips with an ongoing problem affecting a growing number of people: refugees, asylum seekers, and Irish-born people of mixed race.’
      • ‘Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands and is inhabited by people with a mixed race of Caribbean Indian, African and Spanish heritage.’
      • ‘Perhaps someone may remember a white couple in their 50s who adopted a mixed race or black baby boy.’
      • ‘So even as people living the mixed race experience would seem inherently inclusive, there really seems to be no way around those feelings of closing off to others.’
      • ‘Nearly 0.7 million people said they were mixed race on the last census, almost certainly an under-representation because as many more may not class themselves as such.’
      • ‘The second is described as mixed race possibly Mediterranean around 6ft, in his late teens, with a square face and heavy build.’
      • ‘I never realized he was of mixed race until I saw his father interviewed in Calgary and it didn't make a bit of difference, I doubt it will to any other hockey fan either.’
      • ‘It's called jazzing, a dance of mixed race, so-called Cape Coloreds say they created long before some of these young aficionados were born.’
      • ‘One looked Somali and the other was of mixed race.’
      • ‘Of mixed race, she was the youngest of three children by a man who deserted her mother immediately after her birth.’
      • ‘They say he was of mixed race and aged in his early 30s.’
      • ‘Up until the final ten minutes this has been an intelligent, witty and unusually shrewd look at the social acceptance of mixed race relationships.’
      • ‘The woman is of mixed race, fair skinned, with dark curly hair, about 5ft 4in, of average build and wearing numerous gold necklaces.’
      • ‘Being of mixed race is commonly accepted as being a good thing.’

Origin

Late Middle English mixt: from Old French mixte, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere ‘to mix’.

Pronunciation

mixed

/mikst//mɪkst/