Definition of amalgam in English:



  • 1A mixture or blend.

    ‘a curious amalgam of the traditional and the modern’
    • ‘At the velodrome on Dalgety Road, an amalgam of juniors and masters gathered from throughout the nation to attend the National Track titles.’
    • ‘This is an amalgam of various actions and not a specific action.’
    • ‘The amalgam of American idealism and rags-to-riches dreams is irresistible.’
    • ‘It is as well an intriguing amalgam of the old and new.’
    • ‘Today Libya is an amalgam of modernity and tradition.’
    • ‘Devised in Norway, this is an amalgam of traditional approaches and Western psychology, with no religious bias.’
    • ‘The show, to be held at Talkatora Stadium, will see an amalgam of rich Indian heritage and contemporary art put together to entertain the public.’
    • ‘Be it in the form of a cultural amalgam or fusion of art forms, innovations have striking features.’
    • ‘It's a perfect amalgam of pleasurable celebration and cool-headed analysis.’
    • ‘The old regime state was therefore an uneasy amalgam of traditional and more modern forms of administration which were frequently in competition with one another.’
    • ‘This intriguing and maddening novel is a curious amalgam of detective mystery, period romance, and fictional memoir.’
    • ‘In fact, what we're getting on November 30 is a curious amalgam of the reactionary and the progressive.’
    • ‘A curious amalgam of straight history and political pamphlet, it was relatively little read in antiquity, and its modern status has declined in recent years.’
    • ‘Stretton's outlook, a distinctive blend of the egalitarian and the patrician, is an amalgam of several influences, especially his family and his education.’
    • ‘His homily was an amalgam of humour, wisdom, and Gospel values.’
    • ‘Though we have been part of a glorious culture, which is an amalgam of arts and science, we are not conscious of the therapeutic values of applied arts.’
    • ‘McKenzie paints landscapes that are part reality, part fantasy, amalgams of Australian and European places that get squeezed together in the artist's imagination.’
    • ‘It is always interesting asking people about their parents, but rarely does someone come across as such a perfect amalgam of their mother and father as Short.’
    • ‘Of course it's true that American culture is an amalgam.’
    • ‘More than 50 years ago, writer Carey Williams described LA as ‘a curious amalgam of all America’.’
    combination, union, merger, blend, mixture, mingling, compound, fusion, marriage, weave, coalescence, synthesis, composite, composition, concoction, amalgamation
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    1. 1.1Chemistry An alloy of mercury with another metal, especially one used for dental fillings.
      as modifier ‘amalgam fillings’
      • ‘Another use of silver alloys is in dental amalgams.’
      • ‘Very small amounts of mercury collect in our bodies from a number of sources including the environment, our food and our amalgam fillings.’
      • ‘It is no longer necessary to cut large cavities for amalgam fillings.’
      • ‘But it's clear that if it is to survive, dentists want the time to do more than 10-minute amalgams and 30-minute crowns.’
      • ‘Depending upon the decorative nature of his work, he may also have known how to gild metals with an amalgam of mercury and gold.’


Late 15th century: from French amalgame or medieval Latin amalgama, from Greek malagma ‘an emollient’.