from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A unit or group of complementary parts that contribute to a single effect, especially.
  • noun A coordinated outfit or costume.
  • noun A coordinated set of furniture.
  • noun A group of musicians, singers, dancers, or actors who perform together.
  • noun A work for two or more vocalists or instrumentalists.
  • noun The performance of such a work.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In music, same as concerted: as, an ensemble passage or work.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In music, the union of all the performers in a concerted composition, as in a chorus with full orchestral accompaniment.
  • noun In mathematics, a manifold or collection of elements, discrete or continuous, finite, infinite, or superinfinite.
  • Together; all at once; simultaneously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The whole; all the parts taken together.
  • adverb All at once; together.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[French, from Old French, together, from Late Latin īnsimul, at the same time : in-, intensive pref.; see in– + simul, at the same time; see sem- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French ensemble.


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