[uh-mal-guh-mey-shuh n]
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  1. the act or process of amalgamating.
  2. the state or result of being amalgamated.
  3. Commerce. a consolidation of two or more corporations.
  4. Metallurgy. the extraction of precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury.

Origin of amalgamation

First recorded in 1605–15; amalgam + -ation
Related formspre·a·mal·ga·ma·tion, nounre·a·mal·ga·ma·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of amalgamation

  • It was a fit moment for amalgamation, and this was accomplished in 1856 by Mr. Hiram Sibley.

  • Nor will modern languages be easily broken up by amalgamation with each other.

  • The company was formed by an amalgamation of Oxford's and Worcester's Men in 1602.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams

  • This is reflected in the terms of amalgamation with the Great Western Company.

  • What was the result of the amalgamation will form the subject of the next chapter.


    Znade A. Ragozin

British Dictionary definitions for amalgamation


  1. the action or process of amalgamating
  2. the state of being amalgamated
  3. a method of extracting precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury to form an amalgam
  4. commerce another word for merger (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for amalgamation

1610s, noun of action from archaic amalgam (v.) "to alloy with mercury" (see amalgamate). Figurative, non-chemical sense of "a combining into one uniform whole" is attested from 1775.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper