Definition of potpourri in English:

potpourri

noun

  • 1A mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl or small sack to perfume clothing or a room.

    • ‘From room deodorizers and potpourri to non-organic breakfasts and sheets that reek of bleach, the typical overnight stay can seem so toxic you'd almost rather stay home.’
    • ‘Besides the smell of cigarettes there was also a faint scent of peppermint potpourri.’
    • ‘To his relief, he found on opening the box that it was just a bowl for holding potpourri.’
    • ‘They were at his apartment now, replaced by scented candles and bowls of potpourri.’
    • ‘The leaves are used in potpourri, teas, and cooking.’
    • ‘Gather the petals for potpourri, dry some flowers and make a Christmas wreath, scatter a few fragrant petals in your bath water.’
    • ‘A home scent, this crystallike potpourri contains Egyptian resin infused with notes of iced pineapple, peony, dianthus and white musk.’
    • ‘Clear-glass candleholders, vases and potpourri bowls scattered throughout add a reflective sparkle to the room.’
    • ‘You will find potpourri, herb plant collections, lavender stems and informational booklets.’
    • ‘Dried plant material also makes excellent potpourri and other scented gifts.’
    • ‘Their girlfriends keep dragging them out to buy potpourri bowls or faux-Chinese curtains or whatever, and the guys are starting to freak out.’
    • ‘An old china pot or bowl bought in a junk shop and filled with potpourri can prove a hit.’
    • ‘Keep candles, potpourri, matches, cigarettes, etc., out of reach.’
    • ‘Would you care to stay for a spell while I assemble the ingredients to plant my ‘butterfly potpourri?’’
    • ‘One method would be to take squares of cloth and make little pillows about 4 inches square stuffed with herbs or nicely scented potpourri.’
    • ‘Flowers of many varieties have a fragrance so heady that they're used to make potpourri, soap, and perfume; some are also used in cooking.’
    • ‘Secondly, the waiting room smelled of fresh potpourri, not disinfectant spray.’
    • ‘Listeners ought to hear the sleigh bells ring, see the vivid red of the velvet dress and smell the spicy potpourri steaming on the stove.’
    • ‘Lemon verbena is a large, open plant with sandpapery, bright green, lemon-scented leaves used in teas and potpourri and clusters of tiny white flowers.’
    • ‘Pretty by itself, the arrangement also makes a nice backdrop for a bowl offering party favors - this one a little linen bag filled with potpourri and cinched with a satin ribbon.’
    collection, selection, compendium, treasury, compilation, miscellany, pot-pourri
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    1. 1.1 A mixture of things, especially a musical or literary medley.
      ‘he played a potpourri of tunes from Gilbert and Sullivan’
      • ‘Often sophisticated talk on literature becomes an end in itself at literary ‘dos’ where the semi-well-read drop names of a potpourri of philosophers and writers and ineptly dissect imagined themes.’
      • ‘The trunks are undisturbed, full of my film reels, video tapes, scripts and potpourri of neglected promotional materials.’
      • ‘He wanted to announce into the dial tone reverberating with a potpourri of foreign verbiage, ‘What are you doing?’’
      • ‘But, he has decided to be innovative and stand unique among the rest with a potpourri of light and classical music, much to the delight of music buffs.’
      • ‘His column is a potpourri of banal observations, some ever so slightly to the left of the American political establishment, some to the right.’
      • ‘The resultant effect in the hands of the drummers was a potpourri of sounds melting to create energy with their rhythm.’
      • ‘Programmes ceased to be potpourris: the orchestral concert, with two halves each about an hour long, became the norm everywhere during the third quarter of the 19th century.’
      • ‘I tried setting out a potpourri of mixed birdseed, almonds, raisins, and even pieces of cornbread for the jays.’
      • ‘This course was developed to cover a potpourri of topics prior to the selection of advanced practice rotation sites.’
      • ‘Advertisers are left to select a potpourri of shows and networks to reach Xers - and sometimes to throw in radio and online advertising.’
      • ‘Extracted as a lone alkaloid from a potpourri of nutrients in the coca plant, then processed with forty-some chemicals, including ether, acetone and methyl ketone - it is a deadly drug.’
      • ‘The guitarist duo unveiled a potpourri of music blending it with African and Latin influences.’
      • ‘The artist is known for his fanciful painting in which a potpourri of objects, animals, characters from the artist's past life, from his dreams, and from his everyday life are evoked.’
      • ‘What made her sets more than just a potpourri of disparate songs was her ability to somehow convincingly bind everything together.’
      • ‘The pianist won the gold for an intricate, playful and minutely precise combination performed to a potpourri of Russian melodies.’
      • ‘The ‘other’ category consists of a potpourri of settings which include retail independent, nursing home, consultant, mail order, and managed care.’
      • ‘It is likely that the success of that ballet encouraged other ballet companies to stage their own ballets based on Offenbach potpourris.’
      mixture, assortment, collection, selection, assemblage, medley, miscellany, melange, mix, variety, motley collection, mixed bag, patchwork, pastiche, blend
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Origin

Early 17th century (denoting a stew made of different kinds of meat): from French, literally ‘rotten pot’.

Pronunciation

potpourri

/ˌpoʊpəˈri//ˌpōpəˈrē/