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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The exhibit in the community room is open during library hours, but call ahead to see if the room is being used for another gathering., "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 18 July 2019 The selection of Milwaukee, which has about 7,000 rooms in downtown where the convention center is located, reflects a trend for both major parties in picking midsize cities for their quadrennial gatherings. John Mccormick, WSJ, "One Year From Democratic Convention, Hunt Is On for Donors—and Hotel Rooms," 12 July 2019 The guest list for this year's gathering included directors David Lynch and Peter Jackson, fellow percussion star Sheila E., and actor Ed Begley, Jr. Contact Detroit Free Press pop culture writer Julie Hinds: 313-222-6427 or Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Meet a Beatle — if you buy Ringo Starr's artwork from Oakland County Gallery," 12 July 2019 Sawmill Creek, with 236 rooms and 50,000 square feet of meeting space, has long been a popular location for group gatherings. Susan Glaser,, "Cedar Point expands reach into golf, group travel with purchase of Sawmill Creek Resort," 11 July 2019 Aside from having a great wait staff and delicious food, the interactive dining experience at Kkoki makes for quite a social affair and is ideal for group gatherings. Gerry Frank,, "Grill and chill at a Korean barbecue restaurant: Gerry Frank’s picks," 7 July 2019 Landmarks: The Carmel Mountain Plaza is the center for shopping, dining and entertainment, while the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is a place for social gatherings including weddings. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carmel Mountain Ranch: Master-planned community dates to Mexican land grant," 28 June 2019 Several names are on the map, too, suggesting homes were nexuses for gatherings. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "The Joy of Queer Parties: ‘We Breathe, We Dip, We Flex’," 26 June 2019 Day 1: Reykjavík Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. National Geographic, "Iceland Family Journey: Geysers, Glaciers, and Fjords," 17 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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