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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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 In 1977, Princess Shams Pahlavi, older sister of the shah of Iran, acquired the current property, an assemblage of 17 lots, through proxies. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "An Empty Lot Above Beverly Hills Is the Most Expensive Real Estate in the World," 17 Jan. 2019 Natalia Vodianova took her tots for an invigorating countryside ride, her blonde wisps peeking out from beneath a roseate headscarf, while elsewhere, Fernanda Ly kept her pale pink hair sleek with an assemblage of bobby pins and a cool burgundy lip. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner Has a Marilyn Moment (and More!)," 2 Dec. 2018 Fans of the book, as well as of Joseph Cornell–esque assemblages, will appreciate both the store and the museum. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Rounding out the assemblage, the Villa Medicea of Cerreto Guidi, a 16th-century villa built for Cosimo I de’ Medici, houses metal artifacts, weapons and majolicas (painted pottery) also acquired by Bardini. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Two Florence Museums Are Tracing the City’s 500-Year Connection to Islamic Art," 5 July 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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