Definition of miscellaneous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmɪsəˈleɪniəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsəˈleɪniəs//
[usually before noun]
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consisting of many different kinds of things that are not connected and do not easily form a group synonym diverse, various a sale of miscellaneous household items She gave me some money to cover any miscellaneous expenses. The museum houses a miscellaneous collection of iron age artefacts. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin miscellaneus (from miscellus ‘mixed’, from miscere ‘to mix’) + -ous. In earlier use the word also described a person as ‘having various qualities’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: miscellaneous