noun as·sem·bly \ə-ˈsem-blē\

: the act of connecting together the parts of something (such as a machine) : the act of assembling something

: a group of people who make and change laws for a government or organization

: a group of people who have gathered together

plural as·sem·blies

Full Definition of ASSEMBLY

:  a company of persons gathered for deliberation and legislation, worship, or entertainment
capitalized :  a legislative body; specifically :  the lower house of a legislature
:  a meeting of a student body and usually faculty for administrative, educational, or recreational purposes
a :  assemblage 1
b :  assemblage 2
:  a signal for troops to assemble or fall in
a :  the fitting together of manufactured parts into a complete machine, structure, or unit of a machine
b :  a collection of parts so assembled
:  the translation of assembly language to machine language by an assembler

Examples of ASSEMBLY

  1. The parts are made in this factory and then shipped to another country for assembly.
  2. the New York State Assembly
  3. an assembly of armed men
  4. School assemblies were usually held in the cafeteria.

Origin of ASSEMBLY

Middle English assemblee, from Anglo-French, from assembler
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


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