en·​sem·​ble | \ än-ˈsäm-bəl How to pronounce ensemble (audio) , äⁿ- \

Definition of ensemble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group producing a single effect: such as
a : concerted music of two or more parts
b : a complete costume of harmonizing or complementary clothing and accessories
c(1) : the musicians engaged in the performance of a musical ensemble
(2) : a group of supporting players, singers, or dancers especially : corps de ballet



Definition of ensemble (Entry 2 of 2)

: emphasizing the roles of all performers as a whole rather than a star performance ensemble acting

Examples of ensemble in a Sentence

Noun We went to listen to a new jazz ensemble. She wore an elegant three-piece ensemble. The actor performed an ensemble piece.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of her grandmothers performed with a folk ensemble in the 1960s and 1970s. New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 The star simultaneously commemorated the iconic outfit while looking the epitome of elegance in the same spring 1992 Valentino ensemble at the premiere. Eni Subair, Vogue, 6 Jan. 2022 Information regarding ticket options, such as donations, exchanges and refunds, can be found by contacting the ensemble's box office at 513-381-3300. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 4 Jan. 2022 Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy brought the wonder of diverse theatrical ensemble back to Hartford Stage, but the most resonant image may have been the outdoorsy setting for the show’s first indoor show in a year and a half. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 1 Jan. 2022 Ruben Valenzuela, head of San Diego’s dynamic early-music group, Bach Collegium, has been working closely with musical scholar Mario Montenegro, the artistic director of the vocal ensemble at Tijuana’s Cultural Center (CECUT). Beth Wood Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Grimes was touring with Willie Mitchell’s band as a drummer when a man approached the ensemble at a show in Fort Worth, Texas, asking to perform a song. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 29 Dec. 2021 Give to your local library, historical society, theater ensemble, and the feeding ministry at a nearby house of worship. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 27 Dec. 2021 The students were chosen from hundreds of applicants across the country to be a part of the more than 300-piece honor band national ensemble that includes winds, percussions and a flag and dance team. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 27 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Directed by Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao, the film features an ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie. Amanda Kondolojy, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Jan. 2022 The Great Wall, opposite Matt Damon and Andy Lau, toplines an ensemble cast for the suspense drama that includes Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), Jake Abel and Vivienne Tien. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Jan. 2022 As a key member of the ensemble cast from the Scream reboot arriving in January, or in the titular role in Wednesday, Netflix’s upcoming Wednesday Addams high school series costarring Catherine Zeta-Jones. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 27 Dec. 2021 The collective’s ensemble cast brings elaborate detail to its seismic sound, and the songs accumulate momentum with deluges of noise that blend punk and pop. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 Jennifer Gruener performed as an ensemble member and an understudy for Anybodys in the revival of West Side Story until the show was forced to shut down in 2020 due to the pandemic and never reopened. Risa Sarachan, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 As a hard-as-nails New Yorker who has flown to Los Angeles to retrieve her teenage daughter from her screenwriter ex-husband, Fonda delivers a masterclass in icy hauteur in Herbert Ross’s starry ensemble comedy. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 21 Dec. 2021 The short play, adapted by ensemble member Michael Dailey from the award-winning book by Eric Kimmel, follows a traveling theater troupe that hasn’t eaten for days and whose actors are desperate to find a place that will take them in. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, 22 Nov. 2021 The single-cam series is described as an ensemble comedy that takes place in the last Blockbuster Video in America. NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of ensemble


1750, in the meaning defined above


circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ensemble


French, from ensemble together, from Old French, from Latin insimul at the same time, from in- + simul at the same time — more at same

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“Ensemble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensemble. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of ensemble

: a group of people or things that make up a complete unit (such as a musical group, a group of actors or dancers, or a set of clothes)


en·​sem·​ble | \ än-ˈsäm-bəl How to pronounce ensemble (audio) \

Kids Definition of ensemble

: a group of people or things making up a complete unit a musical ensemble She wore a three-piece ensemble.


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