Ensemble



[ahn-sahm-buh l, -sahmb; French ahn-sahn-bluh] /ɑnˈsɑm bəl, -ˈsɑmb; French ɑ̃ˈsɑ̃ blə/

noun, plural ensembles
[ahn-sahm-sahm-buh lz, -sahmbz; French ahn-sahn-bluh] /ɑnˈsɑmˈsɑm bəlz, -ˈsɑmbz; French ɑ̃ˈsɑ̃ blə/ (Show IPA)
1.
all the parts of a thing taken together, so that each part is considered only in relation to the whole.
2.
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.
3.
a set of furniture.
4.
Music.

5.
a group of supporting entertainers, as actors, dancers, and singers, in a theatrical production.
/ɒnˈsɒmbəl; French ɑ̃sɑ̃blə/
noun
1.
all the parts of something considered together and in relation to the whole
2.
a person’s complete costume; outfit
3.

4.
(music)

5.
(music) the degree of precision and unity exhibited by a group of instrumentalists or singers performing together: the ensemble of the strings is good
6.
the general or total effect of something made up of individual parts
7.
(physics)

adverb
8.
all together or at once
adjective
9.
(of a film or play) involving several separate but often interrelated story lines: ensemble comedy drama
10.
involving no individual star but several actors whose roles are of equal importance: fine ensemble playing
n.

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.

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