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omnium-gatherum

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A miscellaneous collection; a hodgepodge.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A miscellaneous collection of things or persons; a confused mixture or medley.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Colloq. & Humorous A miscellaneous collection of things or persons; a confused mixture; a medley; a hodgepodge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A collection containing a variety of miscellaneous things

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a motley assortment of things

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin omnium, genitive pl. of omnis, all; see op- in Indo-European roots + gatherum (mock-Latinate alteration of gather).]

Examples

  • I won't sink into pretension and argue that it is an art form, but I will say that it's far more than an omnium-gatherum of detritus, as its mocking gallery insists it is.

    Adam Hanft: Irving Penn, Twitter, and the Everydayness of Life

  • In fact, there was every appearance that the tent had been for a long time used as a kind of store-room, the receptacle of a bandit's omnium-gatherum, and had been hastily prepared for unexpected inmates.

    Nick of the Woods

  • We have, in this little township, two "general shopkeepers," dealers in groceries, mops, calicoes, candles, and the usual "_omnium-gatherum_" of household requirements.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847

  • Look at the party itself -- a veritable omnium-gatherum of political odds and ends, huddled together under the party blanket like household gods and barn-yard refuse after a hurricane.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • A livelier and more variegated omnium-gatherum was never assembled.

    Marse Henry : an autobiography,

  • At one of those remarkable omnium-gatherum receptions at the Tuileries, of which I have spoken in a former chapter, she heard an American lady, to whom Louis Philippe was talking of his American recollections and of various persons he had known there, say to him, “Oh, sire, they all retain the most lively recollections of your majesty's sojourn among them, and wish nothing more than that you should return among them again!”

    What I Remember

  • A livelier and more variegated omnium-gatherum was never assembled.

    Marse Henry (Volume 1) An Autobiography

  • A livelier and more variegated omnium-gatherum was never assembled.

    Marse Henry, Complete An Autobiography

  • And the dinginess of the article produced at last out of an omnium-gatherum sort of kitchen cupboard, made an ominous impression upon the country girl, accustomed

    Mistress and Maid. A Household Story.

  • The book, a collection of short stories, is an omnium-gatherum of works by various writers.

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

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  • a miscellaneous collection

    probably a “jocular imitation of law Latin�?

    September 1, 2007

  • I wonder what the plural form of this word is.

    October 8, 2007

  • OED2 gives the plural as "omnium gatherums", rarely "omnium gathera" (it doesn't use the hyphen in its headword). It also gives adjectival and adverbial definitions, and another nounal one: "A kind of boisterous dance known in mid-17th cent. England, and perh. identical with the cushion-dance...or trenchmore.

    See omnigatherum.

    November 12, 2007