omnium-gatherum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n omnium-gatherum a motley assortment of things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Omnium-gatherum A miscellaneous collection of things or persons; a confused mixture; a medley; a hodgepodge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n omnium-gatherum A miscellaneous collection of things or persons; a confused mixture or medley.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Omnium-gatherum (coll.) a miscellaneous collection of things or persons
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A macaronic compound of L. omnium, gen. pl. of omnis, all, and E. gather,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., 'of all;' gen. pl. of omnis, all.

Usage

In literature:

In their place was the unmistakable omnium gatherum of an accomplished knight of the road.
"The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
A rustic Olla podrida, an Omnium-gatherum was not to his taste.
"Herb of Grace" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I should lose all my faith in anonymous criticism, if they admitted such a crude undergraduate's omnium gatherum!
"Dynevor Terrace (Vol. I)" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Mr. Plantagenet Palliser spent his Christmas with his uncle, the Duke of Omnium, at Gatherum Castle.
"The Small House at Allington" by Anthony Trollope
A livelier and more variegated omnium-gatherum was never assembled.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
After meeting her at a great OMNIUM GATHERUM garden party, the acquaintance flourished.
"More Bywords" by Charlotte M. Yonge
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" by Frederick Litchfield
The relic-hunters had penetrated their omnium gatherum and offered fabulous sums for the quaint old bits they found there.
"Idle Hour Stories" by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
A very omnium gatherum that school was, and the ways of it were as rough as in any school.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
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