Definition of omnium gatherum in English:

omnium gatherum


  • A collection of miscellaneous people or things.

    ‘an omnium gatherum of anecdotes’
    • ‘Disrupting Time is an omnium gatherum on familiar Hauerwasian themes, ranging in style from the incisive to the outrageous to the whimsical.’
    • ‘The omnium gatherum style of the CDF is vulnerable.’
    • ‘Her modalities of alcohol usage come across as something of an omnium gatherum: precolonial, rural ceremonial, or gift exchange, rural commoditized drinking, urban working- and middle-class drinking, and urban elite drinking.’
    • ‘Academe was an omnium gatherum; it was a Humboldtian article of faith that all knowledge was essentially one; the polymath amateur was the role model if not the norm.’
    • ‘The author of this omnium gatherum of tulip lore comments that this practice was ‘no stranger than the alchemists' own attempts to turn base metal into gold.’
    • ‘To put it more bluntly: Did her writings exhibit any doctrine at all, or Were they simply an omnium gatherum of pious poetry, saccharine playlets, and florid ‘spiritual’ writing?’


Early 16th century: mock Latin, from Latin omnium of all and gather + the Latin suffix -um.


omnium gatherum

/ˌɒmnɪəm ˈɡaðərəm/