from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit or group of complementary parts that contribute to a single effect, especially:
  • n. A coordinated outfit or costume.
  • n. A coordinated set of furniture.
  • n. A group of musicians, singers, dancers, or actors who perform together: an improvisational theater ensemble; a woodwind ensemble.
  • n. Music A work for two or more vocalists or instrumentalists.
  • n. Music The performance of such a work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a group of separate things that contribute to a coordinated whole
  • n. a coordinated costume or outfit; a suit
  • n. a group of musicians, dancers, actors, etc who perform together; e.g. the chorus of a ballet company
  • n. a piece for several instrumentalists or vocalists

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. All at once; together.
  • n. The whole; all the parts taken together.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Together; all at once; simultaneously.
  • In music, same as concerted: as, an ensemble passage or work.
  • n. The union of parts in a whole; all the parts of anything taken together, so that each part is considered only in relation to the whole; specifically, the general effect of a work of art, piece of music, drama, etc.
  • n. In music, the union of all the performers in a concerted composition, as in a chorus with full orchestral accompaniment.
  • n. In mathematics, a manifold or collection of elements, discrete or continuous, finite, infinite, or superinfinite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of musicians playing or singing together
  • n. a cast other than the principals
  • n. a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
  • n. an assemblage of parts or details (as in a work of art) considered as forming a whole
  • n. the chorus of a ballet company


French, from Old French, together, from Late Latin īnsimul, at the same time : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + simul, at the same time; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ensemble. (Wiktionary)



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