/mis"euh lay'nee/; Brit. /mi sel"euh nee/, n., pl. miscellanies.
1. a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items.
2. a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors, dealing with various topics, assembled in a volume or book.
3. miscellanies, a miscellaneous collection of articles or entries, as in a book.
[1590-1600; Anglicized var. of MISCELLANEA]
Syn. 2. anthology.

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      a collection of writings on various subjects. One of the first and best-known miscellanies in English was the collection of poems by various authors published by Richard Tottel in 1557. Thereafter the miscellany became a popular form of publication, and many more appeared in the next 50 years, including The Paradise of Dainty Devices (1576), The Phoenix Nest (1593), England's Parnassus (1600), and England's Helicon (1600).

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