August 19, 2011
- mélange (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a mixture often of dissimilar elements
- How do you use it?
- The decorating style in Kara's bedroom is a mélange of white French Provincial, Sixties retro, and Asian influences, and she thinks the combination works well.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Mélange" means "mixture," and we've got a mixed-up sentence problem. Only one of the sentences uses "mélange" correctly. Which one do you think it is?We tried to mix you up, but if you remembered that "mélange" means "mixture" and used a little common sense, you probably spotted choice D as the right answer. Schools have a mixture of students, and those students have a wide variety of different interests. English speakers started using "mélange" as a synonym of "mixture" in the 1600s, after borrowing the word from French. The French word derives from "mesler," a French verb used in the Middle Ages "to mix." By the way, a better choice for answer A would be "meringue," for answer B, "malaise," and for answer C, "melee." All three of those words also come from French.