Gathering vs Celebration - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between gathering and celebration

is that gathering is a meeting or get-together; a party or social function while celebration is the formal performance of a solemn rite, such as Christian sacrament.

As a verb gathering

is present continuous of gather; collecting or bringing together.

gathering

Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .

Noun

(en noun)
  • A meeting or get-together; a party or social function.
  • I met her at a gathering of engineers and scientists.
  • A group of people or things.
  • A gathering of fruit.
  • ((bookbinding)) A section, a group of bifolios, or sheets of paper, stacked together and folded in half.
  • This gathering machine forms the backbone of a bookbinding operation.
  • A charitable contribution; a collection.
  • A tumor or boil suppurated or maturated; an abscess.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), equivalent to .

    Verb

    (head)
  • present continuous of gather; collecting or bringing together
  • She enjoyed gathering wildflowers.
    Derived terms
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    celebration

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The formal performance of a solemn rite, such as Christian sacrament
  • The observance of a holiday or feast day, as by solemnities
  • The act, process of showing appreciation, gratitude and/or remembrance, notably as a social event.
  • A social gathering for entertainment and fun; a party.