What does potpourri mean?

Definitions for potpourri
ˌpoʊ pʊˈri, ˈpoʊ pʊˌripot·pour·ri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assortment, mixture, mixed bag, miscellany, miscellanea, variety, salmagundi, smorgasbord, potpourri, motleynoun

    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

    "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"

  2. medley, potpourri, pastichenoun

    a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources

  3. potpourrinoun

    a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume

Wiktionary

  1. potpourrinoun

    A collection of various things; an assortment, mixed bag or motley.

    Etymology: pot pourri, meaning "rotten pot", itself from Spanish olla podrida, same meaning and name of a stew.

  2. potpourrinoun

    An anthology of miscellaneous prose.

    Etymology: pot pourri, meaning "rotten pot", itself from Spanish olla podrida, same meaning and name of a stew.

  3. potpourrinoun

    A medley of songs or music.

    Etymology: pot pourri, meaning "rotten pot", itself from Spanish olla podrida, same meaning and name of a stew.

  4. potpourrinoun

    A mixture of dried fragrant plant material, often in a decorative bowl, used to scent a room.

    Etymology: pot pourri, meaning "rotten pot", itself from Spanish olla podrida, same meaning and name of a stew.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Potpourrinoun

    a medley or mixture

    Etymology: [F., fr. pot pot + pourri, p. p. of pourrir to rot, L. putrere. Cf. Olla-podrida.]

  2. Potpourrinoun

    a ragout composed of different sorts of meats, vegetables, etc., cooked together

    Etymology: [F., fr. pot pot + pourri, p. p. of pourrir to rot, L. putrere. Cf. Olla-podrida.]

  3. Potpourrinoun

    a jar or packet of flower leaves, perfumes, and spices, used to scent a room

    Etymology: [F., fr. pot pot + pourri, p. p. of pourrir to rot, L. putrere. Cf. Olla-podrida.]

  4. Potpourrinoun

    a piece of music made up of different airs strung together; a medley

    Etymology: [F., fr. pot pot + pourri, p. p. of pourrir to rot, L. putrere. Cf. Olla-podrida.]

  5. Potpourrinoun

    a literary production composed of parts brought together without order or bond of connection

    Etymology: [F., fr. pot pot + pourri, p. p. of pourrir to rot, L. putrere. Cf. Olla-podrida.]

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  1. Potpourri

    Potpourri is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, used to provide a gentle natural scent inside buildings, most commonly in residential settings. It is usually placed in a decorative bowl, or tied in small sachet made from sheer fabric. Potpourri is used inside the home to give the air a pleasant smell. The word "potpourri" comes into English from the French word "pot-pourri." The French term has two connotations. It is the French name for a Spanish stew with a wide variety of ingredients called "olla podrida," specialty of the town of Burgos. The word was taken and copied by the French military during the Napoleonic occupation of Burgos. Literally, however, the word "pot" in French has the same meaning as it does in Spanish and English, while the word "pourri" means rotten. In English, "potpourri" is often used to refer to any collection of miscellaneous or diverse items. In early 17th Century France fresh herbs and flowers were gathered—starting in spring and continuing throughout the summer. The herbs were left for a day or two to become limp, then layered with coarse sea salt. The aging mixture was stirred occasionally as layers were added to it. Often the mixture would ferment or even mold as the summer went by. In fall, spices would be added to the unsightly grey mix until a pleasant fragrance was achieved, then scent preserving fixatives were added. The finished potpourri was set out in special pots with perforated lids to perfume rooms. Modern homes avoid having pots of moldly substances laying about, and botanical potpourri can be acquired from a variety of retail establishments and online directly from countryside herb farms.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of potpourri in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of potpourri in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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