Definition of melting pot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


melting pot

BrE BrE//ˈmeltɪŋ pɒt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeltɪŋ pɑːt//
[usually singular]
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  • a place or situation in which large numbers of people, ideas, etc. are mixed together the vast melting pot of American society Culture The phrase 'the melting pot' has been used to describe the US, because it is a country in which people from many different races and cultures are 'melted' together, i.e. mixed, to form the US people. The British writer Israel Zangwill (1864-1926) wrote a play called The Melting Pot (1903) about Jewish immigrants in America.
  • Idioms (especially British English) likely to change; in the process of changing
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: melting pot