ensemble

noun
en·sem·ble | \än-ˈsäm-bəl, 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

ensemble

adjective

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

Melania paired the ensemble with minimal jewelry and sky-high stiletto heels in a matching pastel color. Fox News, "Melania Trump praised for J. Mendel gown: 'She looks like a princess'," 12 July 2018 Finish the ensemble with a metallic wedge sandal like the version by Ancient Greek Sandals — just casual but cool for lakeside dinners, Wine Country tastings or staycations. SFChronicle.com, "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 Leave it to Jennifer Lopez to find the perfect summer ensemble to transition from a beachside lunch to a hot date night. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Wears a Sexy $52 Two-Piece Ensemble for Date Night with Alex Rodriguez," 9 July 2018 An urgent application to the Court of Appeal could also require a dash to the office for the ensemble. The Economist, "As temperatures rise, English lawyers’ costumes look odder than ever," 5 July 2018 Headley fronted the Philly Pops Big Band, the 20 piece horn heavy ensemble after the manner of old school Harry James style swing bands, punched up with a taste for modern R&B and Latin rhythms. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Pitbull lights up the Ben Franklin Parkway on the 4th of July," 4 July 2018 Frederic Edwin Church and His Son, Frederic Joseph in Beirut’ (1868), attributed to Felix Bonfils Photo: Felix Bonfils/Collection Olana State Historic Site Most fascinating are the ensembles that Church himself styled as models for his paintings. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana’ Review: A Painter’s Souvenir Closet," 2 July 2018 The ensemble’s artistic director, Simon Wynberg, who wrote the film, will be on hand for a discussion following its screening. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Music from the shadows, being heard anew," 28 June 2018 Matching pants, plunging lapels and a modest bowtie completed the impressive ensemble. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "NBA draft picks put on top-notch fashion display," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Gomez wears an ensemble fit for the French countryside: a vintage white skirt and a sleeveless orange-and-yellow crop top. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Watch Selena Gomez Dress Like a ’60s New Wave French Muse in Her New Music Video," 5 June 2018 As ever, fashion offers clues: For that opening sequence, Patricia Field put Sarah Jessica Parker in the now-historic outfit of pink tank top and white tutu — an ensemble rich in cultural resonance. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Carrie Bradshaw’s Tutu Paradox," 1 June 2018 Rossmiller has played trumpet with the Minnesota Wind Ensemble, University of Minnesota Brass Choir and many small ensemble groups throughout the Minneapolis area. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls High School to induct three into Hall of Fame," 11 May 2018 The Berklee in Puerto Rico program provides access to the Berklee method of music education, encompassing theory, ear training, improvisation, ensemble performance and instrumental instruction. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "Berklee College of Music Provides Puerto Rican Musicians $1.5 Million in Scholarships," 21 June 2018 The camp is open to Griswold instrumental music students entering grades 6 to 12 in the fall and will work on improving instrumental and ensemble skills, with opportunities for fun activities as well. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 12 June 2018 Tempos were brisk and the ensemble playing was tight. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018 The camp is open to Griswold instrumental music students entering grades 6 to 12 in the fall and will work on improving instrumental and ensemble skills, with opportunities for fun activities as well. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 12 June 2018 This was an exciting Beethoven performance, played with powerful dynamic contrasts, propulsive momentum and perfect ensemble work. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of ensemble

Noun

1750, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ensemble

Noun

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

noun

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)

ensemble

noun
en·sem·ble | \än-ˈsäm-bəl \

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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