noun \än-ˈsäm-bəl, äⁿ-\

: a group of people or things that make up a complete unit (such as a musical group, a group of actors or dancers, or a set of clothes)

Full Definition of ENSEMBLE

:  a group producing a single effect: as
a :  concerted music of two or more parts
b :  a complete costume of harmonizing or complementary clothing and accessories
c (1) :  the musicians engaged in the performance of a musical ensemble
(2) :  a group of supporting players, singers, or dancers; especially :  corps de ballet

Examples of ENSEMBLE

  1. We went to listen to a new jazz ensemble.
  2. She wore an elegant three-piece ensemble.
  3. The actor performed an ensemble piece.

Origin of ENSEMBLE

French, from ensemble together, from Old French, from Latin insimul at the same time, from in- + simul at the same time — more at same
First Known Use: 1750



Definition of ENSEMBLE

:  emphasizing the roles of all performers as a whole rather than a star performance <ensemble acting>

First Known Use of ENSEMBLE

circa 1911

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


Next Word in the Dictionary: ensemble acting
Previous Word in the Dictionary: enseat
All Words Near: ensemble

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up ensemble? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More