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

Other Words from collage

collage transitive verb
collagist \ kə-​ˈlä-​zhist How to pronounce collage (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.
Recent Examples on the Web This overwhelming media collage distills both a bitter vision of mass indoctrination and a compassionate one of freedom. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2022 Morgen’s quick-cut collage also inserts brief historical and cultural markers to put Bowie in context without weighing things down with exposition. Pat Padua, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 Carmen Winant’s practice is rooted in precision and perseverance to collect images and explore different collage techniques to convey issues related to feminist theories and practices. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2022 The mural was created with spray paint and executed in Eaton’s signature collage style, which mixes pop art and traditional techniques. Lily Moayeri, Variety, 31 Aug. 2022 Each piece reflects hours of work: On top of the time needed to collect and prepare materials, creating the collage itself can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Aug. 2022 Photo entries with five or more votes will be included in the San Diego Humane Society’s calendar or collage pages. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 Mike McQuade is an American graphic artist living in Virginia known for his collage work. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 This immersive multimedia collage created by Rick Carter and featuring works by eight other guest artists is on view through Sept. 17. Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Collage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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