collage

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noun col·lage \kə-ˈläzh, kȯ-, kō-\

Definition of collage

  1. 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 collageb :  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 an artist known for her use of collage

  3. 3 :  hodgepodge a collage of ideas

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

collage

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collagist

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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.

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Origin and Etymology of collage

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

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COLLAGE Defined for English Language Learners

collage

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Definition of collage for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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