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[uh-sem-blij; for 3, 4 also French a-sahn-blazh] /əˈsɛm blɪdʒ; for 3, 4 also French a sɑ̃ˈblaʒ/
a group of persons or things gathered or collected; an assembly; collection; aggregate.
the act of assembling; state of being assembled.
Fine Arts.
  1. a sculptural technique of organizing or composing into a unified whole a group of unrelated and often fragmentary or discarded objects.
  2. a work of art produced by this technique.
    Compare collage, found object, ready-made (def 4).
Archaeology. the aggregate of artifacts and other remains found on a site, considered as material evidence in support of a theory concerning the culture or cultures inhabiting it.
Origin of assemblage
From French, dating back to 1695-1705; See origin at assemble, -age
Related forms
reassemblage, noun
subassemblage, noun
Can be confused
assemblage, assembly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for assemblage
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  • An embarrassed silence fell like a vapor over the assemblage.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • This assemblage of evergreens was not, then, one of the bounties of Nature; they had been planted.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • In the midst of the assemblage one figure towers—the Arch Druid.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • What is your plan, and what do you want to do with this assemblage of people?

  • Each ship-shire elected four men to an assemblage of law-makers.

  • It was pleasant to see the democratic character of this assemblage of pupils.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The blackness of the assemblage was as if you poured ink into water and made it dense.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for assemblage


a number of things or persons assembled together; collection; assembly
a list of dishes served at a meal or the dishes themselves
the act or process of assembling or the state of being assembled
(ˌæsəmˈblɑːʒ). a three-dimensional work of art that combines various objects into an integrated whole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for assemblage

c.1704, from French assemblage "gathering, assemblage," from assembler (see assemble). Earlier English words in the same sense include assemblement, assemblance (both late 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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assemblage in Science
A collection of artifacts from a single datable component of an archaeological site. Depending on the site and culture, an assemblage may be associated with a single limited activity, as with stone tools found at a butchering site, or may reflect a broad range of cultural life, as with artifacts found in a communal living site.
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