[ 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 formsre·as·sem·blage, nounsub·as·sem·blage, noun
Can be confusedassemblage assembly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for assemblage


/ (əˈsɛmblɪdʒ) /


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
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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

Science definitions for assemblage


[ ə-sĕmblĭj ]

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 that are found in a communal living site.
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