Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, late 16th century
A group or collection of different items; a mixture.
A book containing a collection of pieces of writing by different authors.
Examples of Miscellany in a sentence
"There's just a bunch of miscellany in the attic — nothing valuable."
"My poem will be published in an upcoming volume of miscellany."
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From Latin, "miscellanea" is the plural noun for miscellaneous items. The French borrowed it for "miscellanées" and we use "miscellany" as a more charming description for a collection of items that don't deserve to be called junk.
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As a publishing term, "miscellany" describes a volume that collects work from different authors or sources. It could even be a novelty book gathering trivia or bits of memorabilia. Miscellaneous writing and knowledge can be gathered in a miscellany.