Definition of kaleidoscope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈlaɪdəskəʊp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈlaɪdəskoʊp//
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  1. 1[countable] a toy consisting of a tube that you look through with loose pieces of coloured glass and mirrors at the end. When the tube is turned, the pieces of glass move and form different patterns
  2. 2[singular] a situation, pattern, etc. containing a lot of different parts that are always changing
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Greek kalos ‘beautiful’ + eidos ‘form’ + -scope (see scope).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: kaleidoscope