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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At their gathering with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pressed China on unfulfilled promises. Emre Peker, WSJ, "EU Strong-Arms China Into Trade Promises," 9 Apr. 2019 Fashion 13 Slides For anyone who celebrates Easter, this weekend holiday is replete with gatherings filled with family and friends --- like egg hunts, brunches, and bbqs. Teen Vogue, "Your Sunday Best Just Got Better With These 13 Easter Dresses," 8 Apr. 2019 Yet, without fail, a dinner party or a cocktail gathering will manage to work its way into our downtime, far more frequently than our friends with bigger, fancier digs. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How the Salonnière List of the Best Party Hosts in America Is Put Together," 21 Mar. 2019 The next year-and-a-half was spent creating a home that was at once peaceful and energizing, and functioned as both sanctuary and chic gathering space. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "The Bold Patterns in This House Are Kaleidoscopic In the Best Way," 29 Mar. 2019 Despite the fanfare, the Duchess of Sussex's baby shower is reportedly only set to be a small gathering of 15 friends. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who's Attending Meghan Markle's Baby Shower in NYC?," 19 Feb. 2019 Past the candles is a coffee shop, and a gathering space with bleachers padded with artificial turf and an installation with flowers blooming across a rainbow word cloud. New York Times, "Breaking the Binary," 11 July 2018 But the renovation plans, city officials said in a statement, will also cancel Boston Winter, a holiday market and an ice skating rink that had been a centerpiece of Walsh’s efforts to enliven City Hall Plaza as a new gathering space. Milton J. Valencia,, "Boston Winter is canceled amid plans to renovate City Hall Plaza," 3 July 2018 Zenner said the southern building maintains a pool that was in the original plans but now includes a fitness center and gathering space for tenants. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Oswego to look at revisions to plans for $64 million development downtown," 29 June 2018

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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