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ensemble

noun en·sem·ble \ än-ˈsäm-bəl , äⁿ- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ensemble

: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

Examples of ensemble in a Sentence

  1. We went to listen to a new jazz ensemble.

  2. She wore an elegant three-piece ensemble.

  3. The actor performed an ensemble piece.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

adjective

Definition of ensemble

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

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First Known Use of ensemble

circa 1911

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ENSEMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

ensemble

noun

Definition of ensemble for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


ENSEMBLE Defined for Kids

ensemble

noun en·sem·ble \ än-ˈsäm-bəl \

Definition of ensemble for Students

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

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