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Definition a group of parts considered as a whole
sometimes used in these specialized senses:
  • a group of actors, musicians, singers, or dancers performing together where none stands above the others (or describing a performance by them)
  • a coordinated outfit (set of clothing worn together)

Sometimes seen in the expression, tout ensemble which references the total effect of the group of parts.
  • 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
  • Middle-School Chamber Music Ensemble
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • ensemble = performance by a group of musicians
  • This ensemble made me look like a schoolgirl, or a Salvation Army canvasser.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • ensemble = outfit
  • 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
  • ensemble = coordinated clothing considered together as an outfit
  • No orchestra? No chamber-music ensemble? String quartet?
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • ensemble = musicians performing together and considered as a group
  • Her all-white ensemble, enhanced by fox furs from Canada's Arctic, was set off by a splash of turquoise in her hat.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • ensemble = outfit
  • I'd seen pictures of such ensembles, but where?
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • ensembles = outfits
  • She had on a green ensemble — not a pastel green but a vibrant green, almost flagrant.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • ensemble = outfit
  • "Only fair," I said, pointing to his Mozart ensemble.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • ensemble = coordinated clothing considered together as an outfit
  • Young Mrs. Griffen, as lovely as ever and one of last season's most important brides, was wearing a smart ensemble of sky-blue silk with a chapeau of Nile green, and was receiving congratulations on the arrival of a daughter, Aimee Adelia.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • ensemble = outfit
  • Gradually Chappu Thamburan acquired a new ensemble.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • She left him, in his modified Cuban ensemble, watching the floor, waiting for his broads to come back.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • In this store, he'd exchanged his basic black ensemble for a slightly different basic black ensemble.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • 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
  • Now, looking at the whole ensemble, Jessica was surprised how little she looked like herself.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • The whole ensemble gave an impression of careless indifference.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • But suddenly a discordant ensemble of sirens intruded upon the general din of the Iranian street scene.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter

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