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 story plays like a wobbly, if occasionally charming, amalgamation of La Cage Aux Folles, Every Which Way but Loose and Curly Sue. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'AJ and the Queen': TV Review," 10 Jan. 2020 No matter what offense the Cowboys run, West Coast or some sort of amalgamation, Zeke Elliott is the engine. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "A closer look at the unlikely bromance of Jerry Jones and new Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy," 9 Jan. 2020 Created by a small independent team led by writer and designer Kate Chironis called Golden Glitch, the premise of Elsinore is an unlikely amalgamation of Hamlet and Groundhog Day, placing you as Ophelia in the center of a time loop. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Elsinore Smartly Reimagines Hamlet with Ophelia as the Hero," 8 Aug. 2019 Instead, a Swedish duo scored a number of top 15 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 by approaching music as a cheerful amalgamation of secondhand parts. Alfred Soto, Billboard, "Forever No. 1: Roxette's 'Joyride'," 12 Dec. 2019 In recent years, bioengineers have reprogrammed cells to churn out life-saving drugs, stripped genomes down to their most minimal states, and cobbled together amalgamations of cells from one animal that resemble the final form of another. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Assemble Frog Stem Cells Into First ‘Living Machines’," 13 Jan. 2020 Taken from the 1994 album Tiger Bay, the track is an amalgamation of dance influences, from dub to techno to acid house. Liz Ohanesian, Billboard, "Camera's Ready, Prepare to Flash: 10 Essential '90s Rave Jams," 11 July 2019 Lover, Swift's most recent, is an amalgamation of her discography. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Is the Artist of the Decade—Whether You Like It or Not," 24 Dec. 2019 Warren leads in California with 24.5% of Democratic voters, according to the latest amalgamation of surveys by Joe Garofoli,, "Top California Dem rips Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren for ‘disrespect’ to state," 5 Nov. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amalgamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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