noun, plural en·sem·bles [ahn-sahm-sahm-buhlz, -sahmbz; French ahn-sahn-bluh] /ɑnˈsɑmˈsɑm bəlz, -ˈsɑmbz; French ɑ̃ˈsɑ̃ blə/.
- the united performance of an entire group of singers, musicians, etc.
- the group so performing: a string ensemble.
Origin of ensemble
Examples from the Web for ensemble
While Malkovich was an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company, Miller was enlisted to photograph the cast.
And Olivia Palermo weds in three-piece Carolina Herrera ensemble.Sky Ferreira Defends Terry Richardson; Angel Haze & Ireland Baldwin Confirm Relationship|The Fashion Beast Team|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fortunately for Williams, he “fell in love with the ensemble immediately.”Broadway’s Rebel, Tellin’ You to Hear It: A Portrait of Saul Williams|Alex Suskind|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is often compared to the Wars of the Roses and its ensemble cast of villains, bunglers, and occasional heroes.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat|Steven Isaac|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They wanted an ensemble cast rather than a show driven by a few stars.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’|Ross Wetzsteon|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They do not realize the value of ensemble work and its influence as an educational factor of the greatest artistic value.Violin Mastery|Frederick H. Martens
I consider the ensemble singing in schools as ruinous to good voices.Stars of the Opera|Mabel Wagnalls
But it does not take him long to note the absence of wide boulevards and the lack of ensemble in the cityscape.Paris Vistas|Helen Davenport Gibbons
I shall only try to compile an ensemble of concise and very precise notions and statements bearing upon this vast subject.The French Impressionists (1860-1900)|Camille Mauclair
Not only in its details should education proceed from the simple to the complex, but in its ensemble also.Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects|Herbert Spencer
British Dictionary definitions for ensemble
- 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
- 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
Word Origin for ensemble
Word Origin and History for ensemble
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.