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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

melt′ing pot`(n.)

  1. a container in which metals or other substances are heated until they fuse.

    Category: Metallurgy

  2. a country, locality, or situation in which a blending of races, peoples, or cultures takes place.

    Category: Sociology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. melting pot(noun)

    an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated

  2. crucible, melting pot(noun)

    a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions


  1. melting pot(Noun)

    A crucible, or similar pot, used to fuse mixtures of metals etc.

  2. melting pot(Noun)

    A place where many divergent things (often races or cultures, but also talents) come together and are homogenized.


  1. Melting pot

    The melting pot is a metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous, the different elements "melting together" into a harmonious whole with a common culture. It is particularly used to describe the assimilation of immigrants to the USA; the melting-together metaphor was in use by the 1780s. After 1970 the desirability of assimilation and the melting pot model was challenged by proponents of multiculturalism, who assert that cultural differences within society are valuable and should be preserved, proposing the alternative metaphor of the mosaic, salad bowl or "American Kaleidoscope" – different cultures mix, but remain distinct.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

melting pot(noun)

a place where different peoples, races, cultures etc blend

The United States is often described as a melting pot.

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