Definition of gathering in English:



  • 1An assembly or meeting, especially one held for a specific purpose.

    ‘a family gathering’
    • ‘Denise was delighted to inform the assembled gathering that no less than four talented women from the community were set to entertain and inform.’
    • ‘At least, it offered a jolly background for the family gathering.’
    • ‘The holidays bring parties and family gatherings when everyone wants to appear their best.’
    • ‘Accordingly, a gathering assembled to carry out Sam's wishes.’
    • ‘The exact purpose of the gathering is a surprise to the guests, who are honored with testimonials of gratitude from their hosts.’
    • ‘I mean this is something for the people to think about and the purpose of a gathering like this is for me, through this forum, to talk directly to the people of Australia.’
    • ‘Rather than a peaceful gathering, the assembly descended into an auditorium-wide field of skirmishes that ended in 11 suspensions and two arrests.’
    • ‘We are a gathering with massively more purpose than significance.’
    • ‘Before beginning his journey, he enthralled the sizable gathering, which had assembled at the starting point, with his magic.’
    • ‘The gathering was assembled to pay their respects and lay wreathes on all the graves.’
    • ‘He said he expected the gathering could become a meeting of various thoughts and ideas that were alive in society.’
    • ‘The auditorium will serve as a meeting place for public gatherings and academic conferences.’
    • ‘Thank you for that magnificent speech yesterday, and it is my pleasure to ask you to address the assembled gathering.’
    • ‘The Monday scheduled for the subsequent meeting attracted a satisfactory gathering of graduates and friends.’
    • ‘Other protestors arrived on foot, or by bike, and some kept busy by taking photographs of the assembled gathering.’
    • ‘We build this country one person at a time, she told the assembled gathering at the college.’
    • ‘At first the pictures appear to have been taken at a family gathering - a christening or a birthday party.’
    • ‘The meeting was the first gathering of leaders of the two groups before the elections.’
    • ‘Difficult meetings, family gatherings and so on can be chances to use your new skills.’
    • ‘The purpose of the gathering is to give tourism outlets a chance to share their knowledge with their colleagues of the fantastic range of tourism products and activities available in the County.’
    assembly, meeting, meet, convention, rally, turnout, congress, convocation, conclave, council, synod, symposium, forum, muster, tweetup
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  • 2A group of leaves taken together, one inside another, in binding a book.

    • ‘Of course, it is not possible to have eleven leaves in one gathering of a quarto book.’