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 ensembles
Zoe Saldana has also recently praised sci-fi movies for the depth and breadth of women in its ensembles.
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|DAILY BEAST
These ensembles are not as radical or strictly Hollywood as they may seem.
Like any cutting-edge trendsetter, Twain soon realized that his ensembles might not always please the pedestrian audience.
By the beginning of the 18th century the desire was strong for a more expressive keyboard instrument to use in ensembles.Harpsichords and Clavichords|Cynthia A. Hoover
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)|Otto Jahn
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)|Otto Jahn
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|Ned Wayburn
It was an effect held in high esteem by Rossini, who introduced it constantly in his operas—witness his overtures and ensembles.Style in Singing|W. E. Haslam
British Dictionary definitions for ensembles
- 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 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.