- melting pot
- noun1. an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated (Freq. 2)• Hypernyms: ↑environment, ↑environs, ↑surroundings, ↑surround2. a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions• Syn: ↑crucible• Hypernyms: ↑vessel
* * *noun, pl ⋯ pots [count]: a place (such as a city or country) where different types of people live together and gradually create one community— usually singular
The city is a melting pot of different cultures.
the American melting potin the melting potBrit : not yet certain or finally decided : still changing or likely to change
Our plans are still in the melting pot.
It looked like our team was winning, but then everything went back in the melting pot. [=the outcome became uncertain again]
* * *ˈmelting pot [melting pot melting pots] noun usually singulara place or situation in which large numbers of people, ideas, etc. are mixed together
the vast melting pot of American societyIdiom: ↑in the melting potCulture: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.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.