assemblage

noun

as·​sem·​blage ə-ˈsem-blij How to pronounce assemblage (audio)
 for sense 3 also  ˌa-ˌsäm-ˈbläzh
1
: a collection of persons or things : gathering
2
: the act of assembling : the state of being assembled
3
a
: 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

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 Image Image Nearly six decades later, the artist’s assemblages continue to bring together seemingly disparate references and symbols, transforming them into tributes to Black power. Evan Nicole Brown, New York Times, 8 May 2024 Netflix has announced plans to stream a collection of classic movies in an assemblage called Milestone Movies: The Anniversary Collection. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2024 The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had an assemblage on top that resembled a curved exhaust pipe on a muscle car. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 6 Mar. 2024 While wandering a beach in Portugal in 2014, a local sculptor stumbled upon an assemblage of wood and metal that had been thrown ashore during a recent storm. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 28 Mar. 2024 At Puku Ridge in Zambia, an artful assemblage of timber respects the natural flows of the area’s floodplain. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Mar. 2024 An assemblage of neon feathers and phosphorescent beads burst out of drawers and scattered across the floor. Millan Verma, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 By a close margin, the four fabric assemblages of Harmony Hammond are the fleshiest things in this show. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2024 Image Image Hovsepian, who was born in Isfahan, Iran, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio, makes allusive, shadowy photographs and assemblages that are in the permanent collections of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Max Berlinger Stefan Ruiz, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, from assembler "to bring together, assemble" + -age -age

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of assemblage was in 1657

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“Assemblage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assemblage. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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assemblage

noun
as·​sem·​blage ə-ˈsem-blij How to pronounce assemblage (audio)
 for 3 also  ˌas-ˌäm-ˈbläzh
1
: a collection or gathering of persons or things
2
: the act of assembling
3
: an artistic composition made by putting together scraps or junk

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