col·​lage | \ kə-ˈläzh How to pronounce collage (audio) , kȯ-, kō-\

Definition of collage

1a : an artistic composition made of various materials (such as paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface cut pictures from magazines to make a collage
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 an artist known for her use of collage
3 : hodgepodge a collage of ideas
4 : a work (such as a film) having disparate scenes in rapid succession without transitions

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Other Words from collage

collage transitive verb
collagist \ kə-​ˈlä-​zhist How to pronounce collagist (audio) , kȯ-​ , kō-​ \ noun

Examples of collage in a Sentence

We made collages in art class. an artist known for her use of collage The album is a collage of several musical styles.
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Most Read Local Stories Gateman made a few list collages on canvas, and put lists on both sides of a window frame and around a prayer candle. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "‘This is you’: Shopping lists become art in the hands of Vashon Island woman," 2 July 2019 As usual, a different artist will teach a class each day in watercolor, collages, jewelry making or some other craft. Faith E. Pinho,, "Laguna Art-A-Fair welcomes new and familiar faces to opening day Friday," 27 June 2019 Her photographs and videos in the show (there’s a sound collage, too) are unthinkable outside of society. Mark Feeney,, "Garry Winogrand, that master of black-and-white, was a master of color, too," 20 June 2019 Pottery, ceramics, sculptures, fiber arts, jewelry, collages, etc. Carol Kovach,, "Amateur radio Field Day event set in Seven Hills: Sun Postings," 18 June 2019 The collage of photos featured Reeves, 54, posing with Dolly Parton and female fans. Alexia Fernandez,, "Keanu Reeves Praised by Fans as 'Respectful' After They Notice He Doesn't Touch Women in Photos," 11 June 2019 Fashion moves away from fabric and into art as the dress is reimagined with non-traditional materials in form of sculpture, painting, collage, photography and installation by 13 California artists. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer arts 2019 | Visual art: Roman de Salvo, Edgar Degas, Richard Allen Morris and more," 16 June 2019 The first fan to notice Reeves’ no-touch approach posted a collage of photos of the actor with Dolly Parton and female fans. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Keanu Reeves’ latest show of greatness? Not touching women in photos," 12 June 2019 An eerie moon hangs over a collage of buildings from Rondo. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "The art of community: Melvin and Rose Smith celebrate Rondo in Weisman exhibit," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of collage

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for collage

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

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The first known use of collage was in 1919

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English Language Learners 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


col·​lage | \ kə-ˈläzh How to pronounce collage (audio) \

Kids Definition of collage

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

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