gath·​er·​ing | \ ˈgat͟h-riŋ How to pronounce gathering (audio) , ˈga-t͟hə-\

Definition of gathering

2 : a suppurating swelling : abscess
3 : the collecting of food or raw materials from the wild
5 : a gather in cloth

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Examples of gathering in a Sentence

I see my cousins only at occasional family gatherings. dinner parties and other social gatherings a gathering of political leaders
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But his in-laws are the Kennedys, and their holiday photo was a few sizes larger than your usual family gathering. Claudia Harmata,, "Chris Pratt Joins in Giant Kennedy Family Photo — and Becomes a Perfect Instagram Husband," 5 July 2019 Growing up, charcuterie boards were at the center of every family gathering and party. NBC News, "How to make an epic cheese board in less than 30 minutes," 1 July 2019 Plans for a celebration of life gathering to be held at her home in September are incomplete. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Brenda L. Kahn, educator and academic coach, dies," 1 July 2019 More than 75% of attendees at previous political events told Eventbrite researchers that their respective gatherings made them want to participate more in politics, the company said. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Democratic Debate Watch Parties—And Drinking Games—Are a Thing," 26 June 2019 Among the leery travelers: * David Rothstein, of Cleveland, who switched his large family gathering, scheduled for December, to Jamaica instead. Susan Glaser,, "Northeast Ohio travelers leery about travel to Dominican Republic, change plans in wake of American deaths abroad," 26 June 2019 Interviews with dozens of Iowans across the state suggest many of the lower-tier contenders, including Ms. Gillibrand, are drawing voters to their town-hall gatherings who are shopping around for a candidate. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Dispatches From the 2020 Long Shots’ Trail," 24 June 2019 Because of the rapid changes in the Suns' draft status, the atmosphere in the draft party was more quietly expectant than the jubilant mood of the 2018 gathering. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns fans react to whirlwind day of trades and surprising picks in NBA draft," 21 June 2019 The Sons of Veterans is the body upon whose members will fall the mantle of the Grand Army when the last of its brave gatherings has gone to his reward. Evening Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 1924: San Diego hosts Civil War veterans," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of gathering

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gathering

Middle English gaderyng, gederunge, going back to Old English gadrung, gædrung, gegaderung, gegadrung "joining, union, assembly," from gadrian, gaderian "to join, unite, gather entry 1" + -ung -ing entry 3

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The first known use of gathering was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of gathering

: an occasion when people come together as a group
: the act or process of gathering something


gath·​er·​ing | \ ˈga-t͟hə-riŋ\

Kids Definition of gathering

: an occasion when people come together as a group a family gathering



Medical Definition of gathering

: a suppurating swelling : abscess

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