Definition of omnium gatherum in US English:

omnium gatherum

noun

  • A collection of miscellaneous people or things.

    • ‘The omnium gatherum style of the CDF is vulnerable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Disrupting Time is an omnium gatherum on familiar Hauerwasian themes, ranging in style from the incisive to the outrageous to the whimsical.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    mixture, blend, mingling, combination, compound, fusion, composition, concoction, brew, alloy, merger, union, amalgamation, amalgam, coalition, cross, hybrid
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

omnium gatherum

/ˌɑmniəm ˈɡæðərəm//ˌämnēəm ˈɡaT͟Hərəm/