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an ensemble cast
  a group of parts considered as a whole — such as:
  • a group of actors, musicians, singers, or dancers performing together where none stands above the others
  • a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)


describing a performance by such a group
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ensemble ensembles
The pronunciation is derived from French. The first syllable sounds like "on". The second syllable sounds like "sahm".  Click on Dictionary with Pronunciation to hear it.
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  • an ensemble cast
  • a string ensemble
  • her air, her manner, her tout ensemble, is so indescribably improved
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • yet the ensemble not positively ugly;
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor

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  • They canceled Model United Nations, Latin Club, the Brass Ensemble, and the newspaper.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • This will be me on my own, or soloing for a few nights with an orchestra or a quartet or a chamber music ensemble.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • The next morning, when I arrived at work in another jeans and sneakers ensemble, she seemed startled, as if some strange vagrant had made a wrong turn into the office.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The stilettos, as always, are the exclamation point on an ensemble that screams Hideous!
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • She had been smitten nearly mad with the piece when an ensemble from Vienna had visited Cracow a year or so before the Anschluss.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Brown-striped stockings of wool and a pair of yellow slippers completed the ensemble.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • Headmaster’s Opening Remarks:
    Dr. Harold Jansen
    Middle-School Director’s Address:
    Mr. Lawrence Tushman
    "Light and Day":
    Middle-School Choir
    Fifth-Grade Student Commencement Address:
    Ximena Chin
    Pachelbel: "Canon in D":
    Middle-School Chamber Music Ensemble
    Sixth-Grade Student Commencement Address:
    Mark Antoniak
    "Under Pressure":
    Middle-School Choir
    Middle-School Dean’s Address:
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • In her cheap Gap ensemble.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • He was wearing what for Magnus was a somber ensemble—jeans and a black T-shirt with rivets around the collar and cuffs.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "I was just going to wear this," Clary said, indicating her jeans and T-shirt ensemble.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • I look down, fascinated, as my ensemble slowly comes to life, first with a soft golden light but gradually transforming to the orange-red of burning coal.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • A pink corded ribbon completes the ensemble.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • When Adam showed up in a sharkskin suit and Creepers (an ensemble that wholly impressed Dad), I realized that this really was a date.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • The ensemble was glacial, regular, hideous.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The three of them quickly had me out of my dress and into Alice’s deep blue going-away ensemble.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • After 1945 he began working for Polish Radio again, and returned to concert performance as a soloist and in chamber ensembles.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • When the program aired in Britain, despite its ensemble cast and well-documented evidence, the premise rubbed so hard against the grain of popular Christian thought that it instantly confronted a firestorm of hostility.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It doesn’t have an ensemble cast.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I didn’t bother to look in the mirror, so I had no idea how Alice’s sweater and skirt ensemble worked.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • In this store, he’d exchanged his basic black ensemble for a slightly different basic black ensemble.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • She could without difficulty, he said, have posed for the ensemble, not to dwell on certain opulent curves of the.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Lest he freeze, he wore a ragged sweater over the ensemble.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • And Cameron grew on me as well; his low quiet voice, his all-black ensembles, his strange, jittery laugh.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • Her eccentric ensemble had always struck Nasuada as slightly indecent; it revealed so much of her form.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • m., and the strains of a three-piece string ensemble soothe the nerves of the customers.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • After the show, in which three other ensembles also performed tap routines, all the kids slip through a stage door to an adjacent dressing area.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Buddhism as it is practiced in the high reaches of the Khumbu has a distinctly animistic flavor: the Sherpas venerate a tangled melange of deities and spirits who are said to inhabit the canyons, rivers, and per homage to this ensemble of peaks of the region.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • She opened the closet and grabbed a camera to complete the ensemble.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • And then, her air, her manner, her tout ensemble, is so indescribably improved!
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Rachel/Rachelle clogs up to the board, dressed in an outrageous Dutch/Scandinavian ensemble.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • I jumped, startled, as a petite woman in a flowing, all-white ensemble, her dark hair pulled back at her neck, suddenly appeared in front of us, a wineglass in one hand.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Topping off the ensemble was, of course, the utterly unremarkable gray felt fedora.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The ensemble he fears looks silly on himself would have looked dignified, elegant, befitting his father in a way he knows it does not him.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • But suddenly a discordant ensemble of sirens intruded upon the general din of the Iranian street scene.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Gradually Chappu Thamburan acquired a new ensemble.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • From the looming roof of the great library, into which he hardly ever had time to enter, his gaze travelled on to the varied spires, halls, gables, streets, chapels, gardens, quadrangles, which composed the ensemble of this unrivalled panorama.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • In passing through the lobbies of swank places, the Palmer Houses and portiered dining rooms, tassels, tapers, string ensembles, making the staid bouncety tram-tram of Vienna waltzes, Simon had absorbed this.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Lydia, very fetching in a crisp and rustling summer ensemble, was breathless in her praise, and as admiring as any man might wish; but he could not shake the notion that she hadn’t really understood a single word he’d said.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Beloved by one, a sort of instinctive and savage half-man, for its beauty, for its stature, for the harmonies which emanated from its magnificent ensemble; beloved by the other, a learned and passionate imagination, for its myth, for the sense which it contains, for the symbolism scattered beneath the sculptures of its front,—like the first text underneath the second in a palimpsest,—in a word, for the enigma which it is eternally propounding to the understanding.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • By the time Nathaniel strode by on the way to his first music lesson, the Cleveland Orchestra had become, under music director George Szell, one of the greatest ensembles in the world, and no one was prouder to be a part of it than Harry Barnoff.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • The whole ensemble gave an impression of careless indifference.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • You need a gold tooth to complete your fly ensemble.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • A dainty parasol completes the ensemble.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • And what attraction in the ensemble of the thousands over the spreading balcony!
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Now, looking at the whole ensemble, Jessica was surprised how little she looked like herself.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • I’d send her transmissions of dresses: wedding dresses, mother-of-the-bride ensembles.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
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