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en·​sem·​ble än-ˈsäm-bəl How to pronounce ensemble (audio)
: a group producing a single effect: such as
: concerted music of two or more parts
: a complete costume of harmonizing or complementary clothing and accessories
: the musicians engaged in the performance of a musical ensemble
: a group of supporting players, singers, or dancers
especially : corps de ballet


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

Example Sentences

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
Chloé Broderie anglaise leather midi dress Holmes’s ensemble included a leather slipdress from Chloé that featured lacelike embroidery and delicate cutouts all along the neckline, torso, and skirt. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 May 2023 Not only have the duo's date nights sent the rumor mill into a frenzy, waiting with bated breath for Kenny and Benito to officially confirm their 'ship, but their date night ensembles are igniting conversations of their own. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 17 May 2023 The video shows Musk in his typical t-shirt and jeans ensemble, showing off a variety of dance moves as well as making heart gestures in the direction of the crowd. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 16 May 2023 Watch on With an ensemble as epic as the vocal prowess The Kelly Clarkson Show host showed off in the moment, the accents to the look had to be as stunning as her voice. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2023 The 27-year-old model and 29-year-old musician were photographed leaving the popular Los Angeles restaurant Giorgio Baldi in perfectly matching ensembles over the weekend. Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 15 May 2023 The theater also announced new ensemble members, Esteban Andres Cruz, Sherman Edwards, John Judd and a resident stage manager Kathleen Dickinson. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2023 Related The 17-minute acoustic performance, where she was accompanied by an all-girl music ensemble, included new versions of four tracks from her Billboard history-making album Mañana Será Bonito. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 15 May 2023 The laugh-out-loud sitcom about a group of Black professionals who are friends has a fantastic ensemble cast. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 13 May 2023
Harry Hadden-Paton, Maura Tierney and Sasha Lane have joined the ensemble cast for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment’s Twisters, a new chapter following the 1996 storm-chasing blockbuster Twister. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2023 And the ensemble cast is superb at milking scenes for their comic potential while exposing the hidden meanings underneath. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 17 May 2023 On set, Convery had a front-row seat to more on-the-fly alterations to his work courtesy of Air’s ensemble cast. Vulture, 15 May 2023 If any of the opera’s swooning, lung-testing arias are here somewhere, then composer Nicholas Britell (Succession) has buried them deep within the score’s melodies, mixes, and ensemble choir pieces. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2023 With only eight episodes the series manages to not only explore its title figure but give surprising depth to each one of its supporting characters, becoming very much an ensemble series by its season’s finale. Emiliano Granada, Variety, 24 Feb. 2023 With a captivating storyline and a strong ensemble cast, Bordertown is a chilling and atmospheric series that will satisfy the cravings of any true crime aficionado. Travis Bean, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Presented with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Malkovich (now credited as an ensemble member emeritus) will portray Austrian serial killer turned writer Jack Unterweger. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2023 Model Gisele Bündchen arrived in a white sequin ensemble by Chanel: a column of white sequin and tulle strips, under an enormous tulle and feather cape. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 2 May 2023 See More

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Word History



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.


from attributive use of ensemble entry 1

First Known Use


1750, in the meaning defined above


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 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a group of people or things making up a complete unit: as
: musicians that perform music in several parts
also : the music itself
: a set of clothes that look nice together


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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