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collage

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noun col·lage \kə-ˈläzh, kȯ-, kō-\

Simple Definition of collage

  • : a work of art that is made by attaching pieces of different materials (such as paper, cloth, or wood) to a flat surface

  • : the art or method of making collages

  • : a collection of different things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of collage

  1. 1 a :  an artistic composition made of various materials (as paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface b :  a creative work that resembles such a composition in incorporating various materials or elements <the album is a collage of several musical styles>

  2. 2 :  the art of making collages

  3. 3 :  hodgepodge <a collage of ideas>

  4. 4 :  a work (as a film) having disparate scenes in rapid succession without transitions

collage

transitive verb

collagist

play \-ˈlä-zhist\ noun

Examples of collage in a sentence

  1. We made collages in art class.

  2. an artist known for her use of collage

  3. The album is a collage of several musical styles.



Origin and Etymology of collage

French, literally, gluing, from coller to glue, from colle glue, from Vulgar Latin *colla, from Greek kolla


First Known Use: 1919

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COLLAGE Defined for Kids

collage

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noun col·lage \kə-ˈläzh\

Definition of collage for Students

  1. :  a work of art made by gluing pieces of different materials to a flat surface





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