gathering

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noun

gath·​er·​ing ˈga-t͟hə-riŋ How to pronounce gathering (audio)
ˈgat͟h-
plural gatherings
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: a coming together of people in a group (as for social, religious, or political purposes) : assembly, meeting
an informal gathering
a gathering of world leaders
planned a big family gathering
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: the collecting of food or raw materials from the wild
Hunting and gathering also added to the food supply. Wild fruits, berries and mollusks were gathered …Barbara A. Leitch
… peoples who raise domesticated animals and who do not depend on hunting, gathering, or the planting of their own crops …Marvin Harris
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: a gather in cloth
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: a suppurating swelling : abscess

gathering

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present participle of gather entry 1

Examples of gathering in a Sentence

Noun I see my cousins only at occasional family gatherings. dinner parties and other social gatherings a gathering of political leaders
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In addition to first aid, this gathering of the Zimbabwe guides will include refresher courses in shooting, tracking, stargazing, photography, and more. Jesse Ashlock, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2024 This celebration of faux realism reached its height at last month’s CERAWeek gathering, in Houston, a kind of Burning Man for people who burn fossil fuel. Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2024 Take photos of people observing the eclipse and the scene of any eclipse gatherings. James Powel, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 Midway through his term, in June 2018, an IndyStar investigation unveiled allegations from four women, including a state representative, who said Hill groped them at a post-legislative session gathering at an Indianapolis bar. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2024 The living and gathering areas are certainly commodious, but furnished to make residents and guests alike feel at home. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2024 Instead, the romantic blues, greens, and cream colors of the flowers and greenery are perfect for a spring wedding, baby shower, or family gathering. Alida Nugent, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Now, what was once a celebration in a house with a big feast has become a crowded gathering in a tent for Al-Bayed and thousands of other Gazans. Marwa Mouaki, ABC News, 2 Apr. 2024 An argument at a gathering of car aficionados escalated to gunfire when several attendees began chasing each other on Interstate 85 north of Charlotte, North Carolina investigators say. Mark Price, Charlotte Observer, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near gathering

Cite this Entry

“Gathering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gathering. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gathering

noun
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: a pus-filled swelling (as an abscess)
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: the collecting of food and raw materials from the wild
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: a gather in cloth

Medical Definition

gathering

noun
gath·​er·​ing
: a suppurating swelling : abscess

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