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
Recent Examples on the Web The assemblage of parcels east of Gower Street is now home to a series of low-rise office buildings, including a 1940s-era structure once occupied by Technicolor, and a parking lot. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 The assemblage of over 100 recipes constitutes an all-out celebration of culinary delights that encourages the reader to make everything — and Weissman means everything — from scratch. Josh Weiss, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 But while attendees were relaxed, the competition between the assemblage of more than 200 collector cars was intense, ending with a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster being crowned Best of Show. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 19 Aug. 2021 The 25,000-square-foot assemblage of artisans appeals to a cross-section of people, from home cooks to hipsters and everyone in between. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 With the assemblage of anglers lined up along Windless Bay, conversations were inevitable. New York Times, 27 May 2021 Reportedly, a company that made trailers was brought in to recut it, which is maybe why so much of the picture felt like a random assemblage from a far more interesting effort. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 The phantom ocean column has an assemblage of bones from sea creatures snagged in bottom-trawling ghost nets. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2021 The film, a conventional assemblage of archival footage, clips from Bourdain’s TV shows and present-day talking heads, primarily uses Bourdain as his own narrator by way of past interviews and audio books. Washington Post, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of assemblage

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Assemblage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of assemblage

: 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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