amal·​gam·​ation | \ ə-ˌmal-gə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce amalgamation (audio) \

Definition of amalgamation

1a : the action or process of uniting or merging two or more things : the action or process of amalgamating an opportunity for the amalgamation of the two companies
b : the state of being amalgamated
2 : the result of amalgamating : amalgam Opera is an amalgamation of singing, acting, and stagecraft.
3 : merger

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What is the difference between acculturation, assimilation, and amalgamation?

Acculturation is one of several forms of culture contact, and has a couple of closely related terms, including assimilation and amalgamation. Although all three of these words refer to changes due to contact between different cultures, there are notable differences between them. Acculturation is often tied to political conquest or expansion, and is applied to the process of change in beliefs or traditional practices that occurs when the cultural system of one group displaces that of another. Assimilation refers to the process through which individuals and groups of differing heritages acquire the basic habits, attitudes, and mode of life of an embracing culture. Amalgamation refers to a blending of cultures, rather than one group eliminating another (acculturation) or one group mixing itself into another (assimilation).

Examples of amalgamation in a Sentence

an amalgamation of peat moss and vermiculite is a good medium for starting vegetable seedlings

Recent Examples on the Web

The menu hasn’t changed over the years, an amalgamation of barbecue styles from across the country, with a particular focus on Alabama, where the Everett family comes from., "In Oakland’s Laurel District, barbecue’s past collides with its present," 2 July 2019 The score is an amalgamation of socioeconomic data that measures factors like the crime rate, housing cost, family structure and school resources where an individual student lives and studies. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "What If Colleges Used Only Test Scores to Fill Campuses?," 23 June 2019 Maybe there’s an amalgamation play to be had — a little bit from Quinn Cook, Alfonzo McKinnie, and Shaun Livingston. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The big thing that must happen if the Warriors are to come back from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit," 10 June 2019 This district is the strange amalgamation: rated R+12 and yet still in Cook’s Likely Democratic category. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Live results for Minnesota primary elections," 14 Aug. 2018 This amalgamation of old and new embodies a compromise that’s occurred in Aspen itself. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Millionaires Living in the Mining Cabins," 1 Nov. 2018 Both Silk and Firefox on the Echo Show resemble amalgamations of their desktop and mobile counterparts. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Echo Show 2018 review: Seeing is believing, and there’s a lot more to see," 8 Oct. 2018 And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Dresses," 4 Dec. 2018 Otherwise, the Series 4 is an amalgamation of small improvements that make a big difference in the Apple Watch experience. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 review: A bigger, better watchOS experience," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of amalgamation

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amalgamation

see amalgam

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