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[om-nee-uh m-gath -er-uh m] /ˌɒm ni əmˈgæð ər əm/
noun, plural omnium-gatherums.
a miscellaneous collection.
Origin of omnium-gatherum
1520-30; < Latin omnium of all (genitive plural of omnis) + pseudo-Latin gatherum a gathering Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for omnium gatherum
Historical Examples
  • Page 162: ominum gatherum likely is a misprint for omnium gatherum.

  • Murray (the publisher) said that my Life of Dr. Butler was an omnium gatherum.

  • The relic-hunters had penetrated their omnium gatherum and offered fabulous sums for the quaint old bits they found there.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • I am bringing out a heavy memoir on elephants—an omnium gatherum affair, with observations on the fossil and recent species.

  • But in the majority of cases there is no obvious excuse for this omnium gatherum process.

  • There is, of course, in very many cases an individuality gained by the "omnium gatherum" of such a mode of furnishing.

    Illustrated History of Furniture Frederick Litchfield
  • Other legends were worked up into the omnium gatherum of Giron le Courtois, and with this the cycle proper ceases.

  • omnium gatherum, an indiscriminate collection of articles; a numerous and by no means select assemblage.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • A ship that carries a numerous crew, is a sort of omnium gatherum, of human employments.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • Louie sat for a while, sucking at a lump of sugar she had swept that morning into the omnium gatherum of her pocket.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for omnium gatherum


(often facetious) a miscellaneous collection; assortment
Word Origin
C16: from Latin omnium of all, from omnis all + Latinized form of English gather
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for omnium gatherum

1520s, "miscellaneous collection," humorous coinage from Latin omnium "of all" (genitive plural of omnis; see omni-) + Latinized form of English gather.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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