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potpourri

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Pronunciation: /pəʊˈpʊəri
 
, -ˈriː, pɒtˈpʊəri
 
/

Definition of potpourri in English:

noun (plural potpourris)

[mass noun]
1A mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl to perfume a room.
Example sentences
  • 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 or medley of things: 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with potpourri

Hurri

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