Definition of potpourri in English:
noun (plural potpourris)
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.
- Secondly, the waiting room smelled of fresh potpourri, not disinfectant spray.
- To his relief, he found on opening the box that it was just a bowl for holding potpourri.
1.1A mixture of things, especially a musical or literary medley: he played a potpourri of tunes from Gilbert and Sullivan
More example sentences
- 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.
- It is likely that the success of that ballet encouraged other ballet companies to stage their own ballets based on Offenbach potpourris.
- The guitarist duo unveiled a potpourri of music blending it with African and Latin influences.
early 17th century (denoting a stew made of different kinds of meat): from French, literally 'rotten pot'.