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collage

noun col·lage \kə-ˈläzh, k-, kō-\

: 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

Full Definition of COLLAGE

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
:  the art of making collages
3
:  hodgepodge <a collage of ideas>
4
:  a work (as a film) having disparate scenes in rapid succession without transitions
collage transitive verb
col·lag·ist \-ˈlä-zhist\ noun

Examples of COLLAGE

  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 of COLLAGE

French, literally, gluing, from coller to glue, from colle glue, from Vulgar Latin *colla, from Greek kolla
First Known Use: 1919

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

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