Usage examples for potpourri

  1. The front door was open, showing a hall where stood a grandfather's clock and a spindle- legged table holding a bowl of potpourri. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  2. Preceding the black troops everywhere, it produced a potpourri of full and semi- scores, melodies and plantation arias, that came as a refreshing novelty to weary English hearts and to the souls of jaded France. – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  3. That is so: but for that very reason let her read of this one, and taking off the cover of her own potpourri savor some faint scent of the dewy roses of the past springtime. – The King's Stratagem and Other Stories by Stanley J. Weyman
  4. But what goes by the name to- day is a potpourri in which one can distinguish descriptions of legal forms, charters and institutions; comparative studies of governmental and social machinery; the history of institutions, a few " principles" like the law of rent, some moral admonitions, a good deal of class feeling, not a little timidity- but almost no attempt to cut beneath these manifestations of social life to the creative impulses which produce them. – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  5. In the bedroom where Joan came again to altered consciousness of life, there stood a blue china jar of potpourri, rose- leaves dried and spiced till they stored all the richness of a Southern summer. – The Branding Iron by Katharine Newlin Burt
  6. No one could look upon it without a feeling of heartache for the man who built that house, and probably struggled on year after year, building a little at a time as he could steal the lumber, getting a new workman each year, building a knob here and a protuberance there, putting in a three- cornered window at one point and a yellow tile or a wad of broken glass and other debris at another, patiently filling in around the ranch with any old rubbish that other people had got through with, painting it as he went along, taking what was left in the bottom of the pots after his neighbors had painted their bob- sleds or their tree boxes- little favors thankfully received- and then surmounting the whole pile with a potpourri of roof, and grand farewell incubus of humps and hollows for the rain to wander through and seek out the different cells where the lunatics live who inhabit it. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  7. So I left them, Mistress Catherine at the flax- wheel, and Mary out in the garden with Sir Humphrey, gathering roses for the potpourri jars, and the distilling into rosewater, for little idleness was permitted at Drake Hill even after a ball. – The Heart's Highway A Romance of Virginia in the Seventeeth Century by Mary E. Wilkins