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 Dictionary entry overview: What does miscellaneous mean? 

  The adjective MISCELLANEOUS has 2 senses:

1. constituting a grab-bag category
2. consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)

  Familiarity information: MISCELLANEOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1miscellaneous [BACK TO TOP]


Constituting a grab-bag category

Context example:

the usual collection of miscellaneous expenses


general (applying to all or most members of a category or group)

Sense 2miscellaneous [BACK TO TOP]


Consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)


assorted; motley; sundry; miscellaneous; mixed

Context examples:

an arrangement of assorted spring flowers / assorted sizes / miscellaneous accessories / a mixed program of baroque and contemporary music / a motley crew / sundry sciences commonly known as social


heterogeneous; heterogenous (consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature)

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