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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Dust My Broom: Southern Vernacular from the Permanent Collection Survey of arts traditions of the American South includes assemblages, quilts, sculptures, paintings. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Museums in L.A. this week: ‘Dust My Broom: Southern Vernacular from the Permanent Collection’ and more," 8 Sep. 2019 Yet Smith’s small, orderly assemblages summoned me back to the dear things of the real world. Cate Mcquaid,, "At Mass MoCA, artist Cauleen Smith offers visions of black resilience," 29 Aug. 2019 Soothing courtyards with trees and breezeways will make way to a completely reworked airport, currently a maze-like assemblage of numerous renovations. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Mykonos's New Airport Promises to be Worthy of Jackie O.," 25 July 2019 That being said, there were major strides made this season, beginning with Rachel Comey, where a powerful assemblage of middle-aged models had been cast. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "9 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2019 Runways," 8 Mar. 2019 Both modern and retro in design, the loft is home to an assemblage of art and design pieces that capture the zeitgeist of the ’70s with gusto. Vogue, "Inside Alan Faena’s All-White Hideout, Where Fashion Week’s Finest Came to Play," 6 Sep. 2019 But what has obsessed many people over the past year is the distinctive look sported by Travolta in the film, an assemblage which includes a severe monk-ish haircut and loud Hawaiian shirt. Clark Collis,, "John Travolta breaks down his crazy look in Fred Durst's The Fanatic," 26 Aug. 2019 Also part of the fun: a rare chance to take in an assemblage of six 16-cylinder (yep, 16-cylinder!) Cadillacs owned by devoted Caddy collector John Groendyeke. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: 5K and music fest at Ford Field, Maker Faire, Summer Beer Festival in Ypsi," 24 July 2019 The plastic in Jessica Beels’s hanging assemblage looks familiar. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: If creative ceramics are your cup of tea, go to the Renwick Gallery," 3 Sep. 2019

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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

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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