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

Example Sentences

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 Among them are sculptor Maren Hassinger, realist painter John Koch and assemblage storyteller Betye Saar. David L. Coddoncontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2022 But nobody believes that this assemblage of smoother animations, crisper mechanics, and prettier combat arenas will be a revelatory experience for players. WIRED, 3 Sep. 2022 The exhibition includes a comparatively small-scale 1962 assemblage by Chamberlain, made of metal, paper and cloth on pressed board, that compresses the American sculptor’s usual giant scrap-metal works to reveal a more ephemeral subtlety. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Since then, Meta was first to leave the elite assemblage followed by Tesla, so Amazon’s departure halves the roster to Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2022 The funds had reached their lifespan and were being liquidated, putting the biggest assemblage of U.S. hardwood forests on block. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2022 The nine-piece assemblage is a graceful mix of dark maroon, chantilly cream, foliage orange, and tropical red. Essence Fashion Editors, Essence, 1 Nov. 2022 That original assemblage was valued at over $25 million, while this individual piece ranges from $1,500 to $20,000. Jevon Phillips, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2022 Decadence Palette, as well as her line’s sumptuous onyx eyeliners, to create the assemblage of eye adornments. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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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