as·​sem·​blage | \ə-ˈsem-blij, 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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Her photo assemblages are robust with universes and stories—a feeling of being wonderfully lost in other worlds that are simultaneously haunting and strange and comforting and familiar. Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Digital collage art with Sue Burke Harrington," 22 June 2018 The Carters are longtime collectors with pieces from Basquiat, George Condo, and Laurie Simmons within their personal assemblage, which makes them well aware of the hurdles faced by minority creators when attempting to navigate the art scene. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "With “Apeshit,” the Carters Deliver a Fashion-Forward Art History Lesson," 18 June 2018 Their assemblage of Cole, Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton is the best in the major leagues and potentially one of the best since the early 70s, when four-man rotations began expanding to five. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Swept by Houston, A’s peer into the future," 9 May 2018 Sheriff Woody, standing nearly 20 feet tall, welcomes all to Toy Story Land by jauntily leaning on a tall assemblage of colorful wooden blocks, tipping his wide-brimmed hat to guests while holding onto his trusty lasso. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018 Themes do emerge in Willi’s assemblage of Glawogger’s material. Peter Keough,, "On the mat, on film, on his way, on the road," 5 July 2018 Freelon’s assemblages reside in collections around the world, from U.S. Embassies in Madagascar, Swaziland, and Rome, to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Jacoba Urist, Smithsonian, "Maya Freelon’s Immersive and Interactive Sculptures Bring Tissue Paper to Life," 21 June 2018 So that, again, wouldn't seem to bode well for the assemblage of a proper supporting cast for James, but, as many have speculated, Ball may not be long for the roster. Des Bieler,, "Is LeBron James aware the Lakers added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee?," 3 July 2018 Stimage, for example, used the color orange as an analogy for black identity in her work, an assemblage of orange objects like cheese puffs, scissors, and goldfish. Daise Bedolla, The Cut, "The Ultimate Instagram Exhibit Is Headed to New York City," 20 June 2018

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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

: a group of people or things


as·​sem·​blage | \ə-ˈsem-blij \

Kids Definition of assemblage

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

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