assemblage

noun
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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An elevated, temporary grass surface that was deemed unplayable and controversial weeks ago seemed to play perfectly fine as an assemblage of 23 of the best soccer players America has at the moment practiced. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "USMNT sets up camp at UC's Nippert Stadium for final Gold Cup tuneup," 7 June 2019 Musical director Caroline Benzon oversees the blissful assemblage of singers, while choreographer Tania Possick marshal the troops ingeniously in a limited space. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "The week ahead in SoCal theater, July 1-8: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Griffith Park and more," 30 June 2018 This places an unfortunate emphasis on objects of financial value rather than allowing us to think about the assemblage in terms of its historical and archaeological value. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "An 800-Year-Old Shipwreck Helps Archaeologists Piece Together Asia’s Maritime Trade," 17 May 2018 To watch the film after reading Mr. Benson’s book is to see it as an assemblage of disparate pieces, and to marvel again at the enduring beauty of their assembling. Geoffrey O’brien, WSJ, "‘Space Odyssey’ and ‘Stanley Kubrick’ Review: Like Nothing Else on Earth," 12 Apr. 2018 Last night, the reason for the unusual assemblage was none other than the late and endlessly beloved Franca Sozzani. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Late Franca Sozzani Continues to Be Celebrated With a New Book and a Charitable Auction," 12 Feb. 2019 Several workshop participants estimate that well over 10,000 person-hours went into analyzing the fossil assemblage. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 This year’s decorations have taken a different dystopian tack: Walking through a strange assemblage of bloodred trees, Trump looks to be channeling The Handmaid’s Tale. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Melania Trump Unveils the 2018 White House Christmas Decorations, and They’re Straight Out of Gilead," 26 Nov. 2018 Figures populate many pieces, including Jennifer Rochlin’s inside-out diptych, Hayley Barker’s atmospheric abstraction, Erin Trefry’s whimsical assemblage, Jade Gordon’s enigmatic mask and Max Maslansky’s fleshy reverie. David Pagel, latimes.com, "Where to find fantastic beasts? At Big Pictures Los Angeles' 'Airtight Garage'," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of assemblage

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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assemblage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of assemblage

formal : a group of people or things

assemblage

noun
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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