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
Recent Examples on the Web Van Duyne, who easily beat a crowded field of opponents during the March primary, has her own assemblage of endorsements. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Candace Valenzuela endorsed by Biden, Buttigieg as Texas 24 race against Beth Van Duyne heats up," 17 Sep. 2020 The impact of seeing the Watts Towers being built as a child eventually became the basic foundation of my becoming an assemblage artist. New York Times, "A Spiritual Study in Blue," 11 Sep. 2020 But the group also stands out for its evolution, growing from a D.C.-area assemblage of 30 political novices knocking on doors to support Democratic candidates in Virginia into a fundraising army of nearly 1,200 members in three years. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "They started in a D.C. living room. Now money from this grass-roots group is ending up in Alaskan villages.," 14 Aug. 2020 The colorful assemblage of art pieces contrasts with the minimal design of the space. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "This modern, eclectic two-bedroom loft on Cedar Springs is just blocks away from Klyde Warren Park," 2 Sep. 2020 In front of what has to be the largest assemblage of paper people in the majors, Longoria hit a solo homer in the first inning to launch a three-RBI night. Henry Schulman,, "A’s storm back from five runs down in ninth to beat Giants in Bay Bridge opener," 14 Aug. 2020 This was his community, an assemblage of neighbors, friends and fellow churchgoers who had united to care for him with his late wife Clara 10 years gone. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "At 99, widowed Navy vet is immersed in northwest Dallas community’s drive-by birthday wishes," 13 Aug. 2020 The officers arrested the women, who were charged with blocking traffic and unlawful assemblage. National Geographic, "Arrested and tortured, the Silent Sentinels suffered for suffrage," 13 Aug. 2020 Stepien and his friends contacted the Scottish government’s Treasure Trove unit and camped in the field for 22 days as archaeologists uncovered the assemblage of artifacts. USA TODAY, "Treasure hunter discovers 3,000 year old hoard, 'a big part of Scottish history'," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of assemblage

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Sep 2020

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“Assemblage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of assemblage

formal : a group of people or things


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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