ensemble

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noun

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

ensemble

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adjective

: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Advertisement Littlefield credits casting director Rachel Tenner with a key role in assembling the show’s quirky ensembles. Hugh Hart, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2024 On Broadway, the ensemble helps trim the foliage on a lavish set featuring Gatsby’s cottage and prepares food ahead of her visit, whereas the A.R.T. scene is filled with a few main characters and a small tea set. Andrew Zucker, Washington Post, 19 June 2024
Adjective
The 90-minute revue, which features a live band and six ensemble dancers, is rooted in ballroom and Latin dance but also includes tap, hip-hop and contemporary works. Brian Schaefer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2024 The show starred Gad as well as an ensemble cast that included Jenna Elfman and Bill Pullman. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ensemble 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

borrowed from French, "unity, cohesion, group, set, musical ensemble, outfit," noun derivative of ensemble "together, at the same time," going back to Old French, "with one another," going back to Vulgar Latin *insemul, reshaping of Latin insimul "in company, together," from in- in- entry 2 + simul "together, at the same time" — more at simultaneous

Note: The form *semul may represent an older form of simul preserved in popular Latin; see note at similar.

Adjective

from attributive use of ensemble entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1750, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ensemble was in 1750

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Cite this Entry

“Ensemble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensemble. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

ensemble

noun
en·​sem·​ble
än-ˈsäm-bəl
: a group of people or things making up a complete unit: as
a
: musicians that perform music in several parts
also : the music itself
b
: a set of clothes that look nice together
Etymology

Noun

from French ensemble "group, ensemble," from ensemble (adverb) "together," from Latin insimul (same meaning), from in- "in, into" and simul "at the same time, together" — related to assemble, simultaneous

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