Share this entry

amalgam Syllabification: a·mal·gam
Pronunciation: /əˈmalɡəm/

Definition of amalgam in English:


1A mixture or blend: a curious amalgam of the traditional and the modern
More example sentences
  • More than 50 years ago, writer Carey Williams described LA as ‘a curious amalgam of all America’.
  • In fact, what we're getting on November 30 is a curious amalgam of the reactionary and the progressive.
  • A curious amalgam of straight history and political pamphlet, it was relatively little read in antiquity, and its modern status has declined in recent years.
1.1 Chemistry An alloy of mercury with another metal, especially one used for dental fillings.
Example sentences
  • Another use of silver alloys is in dental amalgams.
  • Depending upon the decorative nature of his work, he may also have known how to gild metals with an amalgam of mercury and gold.
  • Very small amounts of mercury collect in our bodies from a number of sources including the environment, our food and our amalgam fillings.


Late 15th century: from French amalgame or medieval Latin amalgama, from Greek malagma 'an emollient'.

Words that rhyme with amalgam

Targum • begum

Definition of amalgam in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...