amalgamation

noun
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

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 Each work is an imaginative amalgamation of both parties, like the curved chair that Narcisco Rodriguez dreamed up with interior designer Kelly Behun. Samantha Rees, Vogue, "During Design Week, Celebrities Lend a Hand in the Creation of Home Objects," 14 May 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 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 And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so Amazing. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "See the Gorgeous Pics From Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Pre-Wedding Mehendi Ceremony," 1 Dec. 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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