Definition of ensemble in English:

ensemble

Syllabification: en·sem·ble
Pronunciation: /änˈsämbəl
 
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noun

  • 1A group of musicians, actors, or dancers who perform together: a Bulgarian folk ensemble
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    • One of his strengths as a director here is that he has brought together an ensemble of great actors and his camera is not shy about letting their faces tell the story.
    • More than 25 bands and ensembles will perform more than 40 concerts on Saturday for the Pershore Midsummer Brass event.
    • The correlation works magnificently, as does the large ensemble of young actors, musicians and technicians from all over Western Canada.
    Synonyms
    group, band; company, troupe, cast, chorus, corps
    informal combo
  • 1.1A scene or passage written for performance by a whole cast, choir, or group of instruments.
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    • The programme for the evening will include arias, duets and ensembles from operas by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti and Gounod
    • This piece d' occasion is said to have been intended for a wedding that never took place and features four soloists and choir in a series of delightful solos, ensembles and choruses.
    • The work is full of exciting ensembles, arias and orchestral passages with all performers especially the great Aquiles Machado churning out a performance that is well nigh unsurpassable.
  • 1.2The coordination between performers executing an ensemble passage: a high level of tuning and ensemble is guaranteed
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    • The ensemble was also superbly coordinated in the Minuet and Trio and bristling finale, with its driving sequences and rich chains of suspensions.
    • Jenkins ability to wield these performers into ensemble and groupings at moments touched the sublime.
    • The soloist and orchestra achieve wonderful clarity and fine ensemble.
  • 2A group of items viewed as a whole rather than individually: the buildings in the square present a charming provincial ensemble
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    • When the curtains rose, a full ensemble would be in view with this building at the centre sitting majestically.
    • The site and its structures were eventually acquired by the city council with a view to renovating the ensemble to house a municipal library and archive.
    • London Cries, depicting the lower orders of the capital, survive in three formats: as broadsheet panels of engravings, as ensembles of individual prints, and as illustrated books.
    Synonyms
    whole, entity, unit, body, set, combination, composite, package; sum, total, totality, entirety, aggregate
  • 2.1 [usually in singular] A set of clothes chosen to harmonize when worn together.
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    • The boots began the ensemble, black leather with silver studs outlining them in a tasteful fashion.
    • I chose the powder grey shirt, light shade of grey tie, pin stripe jacket and pants and to pull the ensemble together some black boots.
    • A white shirt and black vest finished the ensemble.
    Synonyms
    outfit, costume, suit; separates, coordinates
    informal getup
  • 2.2chiefly Physics A group of similar systems, or different states of the same system, often considered statistically.
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    • However, it is probably a wise idea to simulate the same system at different surface areas and using different ensembles.
    • The interior treatments of the two ensembles reflect the difference in their functions.
    • When dissolved in water, most proteins fold into either a single conformation or a small ensemble of similar conformations.

Origin

late Middle English (as an adverb (long rare) meaning 'at the same time'): from French, based on Latin insimul, from in- 'in' + simul 'at the same time'. The noun dates from the mid 18th century.

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