- A general mixture; a miscellaneous collection.
- A dish of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions, and seasoning.
“Order the salmagundi — I heard it’s this chef’s specialty.”
“Bryce’s bedroom displays a salmagundi of his interests, including Dungeons and Dragons, the Golden State Warriors, and French literature.”
“My closet contains such a salmagundi of fashion from the past two decades.”
French, late 17th century
Why this word?
The Salmagundi Club of Greenwich Village in New York City is a fine arts center with a rich history of famous patrons (such as honorary member Winston Churchill). It’s one of the oldest art clubs in the United States, founded in 1871. The name comes from the dish of the same name, which was served to its earliest members. “Salmagundi” originated from the French word “salmigondis” (meaning “potluck, hodgepodge”).
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