What does melting pot mean?

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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(n.)

    (Sociology) (fig.) A place where people of different backgrounds become similar in culture. The United States has often been referred to as a melting pot, though the differences in cultures of recently arrived immigrants persists beyond the generation of immigrants.


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of melting pot in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of melting pot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani:

    I ate corned beef at Katz's, New York's greatest, greasiest, pickle-lined melting pot.

  2. Florida Gov. Rick Scott:

    As you know in Florida,we are the best melting pot in world. We love everyone coming to the state.

  3. Edgar Antillon:

    We are an amazing culture here in the U.S. We're a melting pot, but we should include white people in that, too.

  4. Jimmy Carter:

    We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

  5. Sajjan Gohel:

    The type of monuments that are in Sultanahmet Square are the type that ISIS has been blowing up in Syria, it's seen as a place where you have a mesh of different entities. It's a real melting pot.

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