as·​sem·​blage | \ ə-ˈsem-blij How to pronounce assemblage (audio) , for sense 3 also ˌa-ˌsäm-ˈbläzh\

Definition of assemblage

1 : a collection of persons or things : gathering
2 : the act of assembling : the state of being assembled
3a : an artistic composition made from scraps, junk, and odds and ends (as of paper, cloth, wood, stone, or metal)
b : the art of making assemblages

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Examples of assemblage in a Sentence

an assemblage of onlookers at the construction site tried to sort through the assemblage of ripped wrapping paper and boxes for the missing toy

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The plastic in Jessica Beels’s hanging assemblage looks familiar. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: If creative ceramics are your cup of tea, go to the Renwick Gallery," 3 Sep. 2019 But there was no development to speak of, only assemblage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: At Fresh Sound concert, Flux Quartet challenges listeners with daring works," 7 Aug. 2019 Gilchrist’s assemblage hints at how monumental a finished Thief and the Cobbler might have been. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The artistry of the late Richard Williams, from Roger Rabbit to the Pink Panther," 20 Aug. 2019 Those new artists have been showing up at Newport, too; this year, Our Native Daughters, the Rhiannon Giddens-founded all-women, all-banjo assemblage, will perform. Stuart Munro,, "Folkies old and new will be paired on the festival stage," 24 July 2019 The decade-past vibes were offered an extra wash of modernity through EmRata's showing of skin and assemblage of delicate accessories. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Is Officially Reviving This ’90s Hair Style," 11 July 2019 Bits of white thread come off these assemblages like whiskers. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Latina artists in Dallas showcase 'were told ‘no,’ and they triumphed anyway’," 25 July 2019 This particular costume is an elaborate multilayered assemblage of fabrics in vertical strips on a wide frame, so as to produce a whirlwind effect when the wearer dances. New York Times, "Beat the Heat With These 10 Must-See Art Shows," 19 July 2019 But that mood has also seemingly swept away the would-be assemblage of reformers that includes Leshchenko. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Three Ukrainian Reformers Pay an Unexpected Price for Their Success," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of assemblage

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of assemblage

formal : a group of people or things


as·​sem·​blage | \ ə-ˈsem-blij How to pronounce assemblage (audio) \

Kids Definition of assemblage

: a collection of persons or things an assemblage of parents and teachers

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