- all the parts of a thing taken together, so that each part is considered only in relation to the whole.
- the entire costume of an individual, especially when all the parts are in harmony: She was wearing a beautiful ensemble by one of the French designers.
- a set of furniture.
- the united performance of an entire group of singers, musicians, etc.
- the group so performing: a string ensemble.
- a group of supporting entertainers, as actors, dancers, and singers, in a theatrical production.
Origin of ensemble
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Examples from the Web for ensembles
Zoe Saldana has also recently praised sci-fi movies for the depth and breadth of women in its ensembles.Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
Ensembles are of vestigial interest in this new pop culture.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age
Van Dyke Parks
June 4, 2014
These ensembles are not as radical or strictly Hollywood as they may seem.Salt's Spy Style
July 23, 2010
Like any cutting-edge trendsetter, Twain soon realized that his ensembles might not always please the pedestrian audience.America's First Modern Celebrity
Laura Skandera Trombley
March 20, 2010
Only the dances and ensembles of the choruses were tried out in the afternoon.The Corner House Girls in a Play
Grace Brooks Hill
Meyerbeer's distribution of arias, duets, ensembles, and finales is the result of a deliberate eclecticism.How Music Developed
W. J. Henderson
After we get the numbers taught—that is, the songs—then I start to teach the ensembles to dance the different routines.The Art of Stage Dancing
We find none of the set forms of the later opera seria, no regular arie, no duets, no ensembles.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)
The ensembles are of a far higher character than the solos, both as regards characterisation and musical execution.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3)
- all the parts of something considered together and in relation to the whole
- a person's complete costume; outfit
- the cast of a play other than the principals; supporting players
- (as modifier)an ensemble role
- a group of soloists singing or playing together
- (as modifier)an ensemble passage
- music the degree of precision and unity exhibited by a group of instrumentalists or singers performing togetherthe ensemble of the strings is good
- the general or total effect of something made up of individual parts
- a set of systems (such as a set of collections of atoms) that are identical in all respects apart from the motions of their constituents
- a single system (such as a collection of atoms) in which the properties are determined by the statistical behaviour of its constituents
- all together or at once
- (of a film or play) involving several separate but often interrelated story linesensemble comedy drama
- involving no individual star but several actors whose roles are of equal importancefine ensemble playing
Word Origin and History for ensembles
mid-15c., as an adverb, "together, at the same time," from Middle French ensemblée "all the parts of a thing considered together," from Late Latin insimul "at the same time," from in- intensive prefix + simul "at the same time," related to similis (see similar). The noun is from 1703, "parts of a thing taken together;" musical sense in English first attested 1844. Of women's dress and accessories, from 1927.