An ensemble is a group of musicians, dancers, or actors who perform together, like an ensemble which has been playing music together for several years.

Ensemble comes from the Middle French word ensemblée, which means "together, at the same time." Groups of people who perform at the same time are ensembles, so are things that are put together. A collection of short stories or artwork can be an ensemble, but you don't have to be a writer or artist to be complimented on your ensemble — the outfit you are wearing.

Definitions of ensemble

n an assemblage of parts or details (as in a work of art) considered as forming a whole

tout ensemble
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n a group of musicians playing or singing together

“a string ensemble
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a traditional Indonesian ensemble typically including many tuned percussion instruments including bamboo xylophones and wooden or bronze chimes and gongs
jug band
a musical group that uses jugs and washboards and kazoos and other improvised instruments
pop group
a group that plays pop music
a group of street musicians in Mexico
skiffle group
a band of musicians who play skiffle
a pop group not affiliated with a major record company
Type of:
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
an organization of musicians who perform together

n a cast other than the principals

supporting players
Type of:
cast, cast of characters, dramatis personae
the actors in a play

n the chorus of a ballet company

corps de ballet
Type of:
chorus, chorus line
a body of dancers or singers who perform together

n a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)

sailor suit
a boy's ensemble; copied from a sailor's uniform
Type of:
getup, outfit, rig, turnout
a set of clothing (with accessories)

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