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Definition a distinctive mix of styles or ideas selected from various sources


one who prefers to select a distinctive mix of styles or ideas rather than adopting a common set from a single source
  • The home is furnished with a tasteful and eclectic collection of furniture.
eclectic = a distinctive mix of styles
  • a fusion restaurant with a surprisingly eclectic menu
  • Layla added. . . We have an actual new coffeemaker and a very eclectic selection of coffee mugs... .
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • eclectic = a distinctive mix of styles
  • They grew to love his eclectic taste.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • For their first batch of programs, they called on personal and professional contacts, choosing to begin with an eclectic mix of prominent people.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • "Marion," she said, for she had been gazing at my library, my eclectic little collection.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Yet Beaufort had an eclectic and educated board.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It was furnished in eclectic pieces, not one of them matching another, but harmonious just the same.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I suck in some coffee, skip to the last paragraph: the inevitable eclectic, the obligatory post-feminist, a however and a despite.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • The furniture could only be described compassionately as beach furniture, but it reflected an eclectic, practical consciousness at work over the years.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • While he worked on getting the fire going, Sophia's gaze wandered from the living room to the kitchen, taking in her eclectic surroundings.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I had no idea what sort of denomination Orthodox Eclectic was, but I nodded like we had a big group of them back in Sylvan.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • An eclectic mixture of locally owned businesses line Tejon Street, the main drag.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • He never became angry, except when somebody called him eclectic.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Her personality was eclectic and at times completely alien, yet they understood each other on a profound level.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Their collection had grown into an eclectic fusion of new and old .... of cutting-edge and historical.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Talk about eclectic, Langdon thought.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The result was a cacophony of shape and color that the designer, with no detectable sign of irony, called Eclectic Deconstructionism.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • It was true that during her childhood she had sampled many of its eclectic offerings, filling her days with trips to museums, zoos, and theaters.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • I learned an eclectic smattering of Commonwealth law from a traveling barrister too drunk or too pompous to realize he was lecturing an eight-year-old.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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