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Definition of Amalgamation

(noun) The act or process through which a dominant group combine with a subordinate group to form a new group.

Example of Amalgamation

Amalgamation Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: a·mal·ga·ma·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /uh-malguh-mAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /uh-malguh-mAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /əˌmælgəˈmeɪʃən/
  • British English – /əˌmælɡəˈmeɪʃən/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: amalgamations
  • Amalgamation creates a “melting pot” and is achieved partly through miscegenation, which is intermarriage between different ethnicities.
  • The process of amalgamation often takes several generations.
  • Also called hybridization.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Amalgamation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “amalgamation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/amalgamation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

amalgamation. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/amalgamation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “amalgamation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/amalgamation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“amalgamation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 18 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/amalgamation/>.